What do I need to know before I register for a .au direct domain?

Before you can register for a .au direct domain, you need to ensure that you have an Australian presence and satisfy the following set of requirements.

A. Australian Presence requirements

  • If you are an individual, you must be an Australian Citizen or a Permanent Resident.
  • If you represent a business, you must meet any of the following requirements:
    • A company registered under the Corporations Act 2001
    • A Registrable Body
    • An Incorporated Association
    • An entity issued with an ABN
    • An Indigenous Corporation
    • A Registered Organisation
    • A Cooperative
    • A Charity
    • A Political Party
    • A Partnership
    • An Unincorporated Association
    • A Trust
    • An Educational Institution
    • The Government
    • A Commonwealth entity
    • The applicant or owner of an Australian Trade Mark

For more details about each of these requirements, see the Australian Presence Requirements page on the auDA website.

B. Domain Availability Requirements

Ensure that the .au domain that you are looking to register is available, not placed on priority hold by another registrant, or is considered to be a domain marked as reserved as per the auDA reserved list. You can verify this on the auDA website.

Note: You are free to register a domain that has been placed on priority hold for another registrant, in the hope that it will be released for registration at 8:00 AM AEDT on Oct 04, 2022. However, if you are not able to register the domain after this date, because it was registered by another registrant, or because the domain application is in contention either with your application or that of another applicant, we will not be able to refund your identity validation fee.

C. Identity Validation Requirements 

If you are registering for a .au direct domain as an individual, you must additionally ensure that your name and date of birth matches that on your official ID card, which you will quote during the registration process.

D. Address Validation Requirements

Ensure that your address during registration matches that on your latest utility bill, which you will quote during the registration process.

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