A new, shorter Australian domain name

Footy, tradie, arvo. Shortening words is an Australian hobby and over the next few months Australian organisations will have the chance to register a brand new .au. It’s a great opportunity to shorten an existing domain name or to register a new one for the first time.

Not all the details are available yet, but in the meantime, we’ve pulled together answers to the most frequently asked questions, so that you don’t miss out when the application period opens.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • To be eligible you must have an "Australian presence".
  • If you already have a .au extension associated with a domain, you will have preference when registering the new .au extension associated with that domain. For example, if you already have "yourdomain.com.au" or "yourdomain.net.au", you will have preference for "yourname.au".
  • If someone else also has an existing .au extension associated with the same domain as you, then there is a chance of a conflict. An example of this would be if you have "yourdomainname.com.au" and someone else has "yourdomainname.net.au".
  • If there is no conflict, you will be able to register your new .au as soon as the application process opens.
  • If there is a chance of a conflict, anyone eligible for a new .au will have 6-months to register their interest from when the application period opens.

auDA, the governing body for Australian domain names, hasn’t confirmed the exact date yet, but it looks likely to be later this year. As soon as the date is confirmed, we will update it on this page.

Prices will be determined by each domain name Registrar. A Registrar is a business that handles the reservations of domain names and the assignment of IP addresses for those domain names. Think Netregistry or Melbourne IT.

If two or more eligible people apply to register for the same new .au, there will be a conflict. auDA, the governing body for .au domain names is finalising the conflict resolution process, but it looks likely that the two contesting parties will negotiate directly with each other to find the best resolution.

Anyone who satisfies the "Australian Presence" criteria will be able to register it in the same way .au domain names are registered today. To register a domain name, click here.

Your registrar will most likely notify you to let you know if there is a chance of a conflict.

By being any one of the following:

  • A Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Charity, Association or Trust with a current ABN or ACN.
  • A permanent Australian resident or citizen.
  • You are a foreign business with an Australian trademark application or registration.

By providing any one of the following:

  • Australian Driver's License.
  • Australian Passport.
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate.
  • Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Australian Company Number (ACN).
  • Australian Trademark Application or Registration.

auDA, the governing body for .au domain names, defines the eligibility rules. More information on auDA can be found at auda.org.au. We will update this page with more detail on the eligibility rules soon.

"yourname.com.au" is the domain name, "yourname" is the domain and ".com.au" is the domain extension.

.com.au, .net.au, .org.au, asn.au, .id.au are the main domain extensions, but there are also domains available to government, educational and religious organisations like gov.au and edu. au, .nsw.gov.au, .vic.edu.au, catholic.edu.au etc.