Changing ownership of .au domain names

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A Registrant Name Change is the process of transferring the ownership of a domain name ending in .au from one party to another. A transfer of ownership involves complete re-registration of the domain for 2 years with the receiving party/individual, who will need to meet the eligibility requirements to hold the registration of the domain. An administration fee of $119 AUD applies for every Registrant Name Change (RNC).

Submit your .au Registrant Name Change Online

The following requirements must be met to successfully complete the Registrant name change form:

Click here to begin the transfer of ownership for the .au domain name.

But I don't have a credit card!

We also accept cheque and money order payments. If you'd like to pay for the transfer by using one of these methods, please print and complete the manual Registration Name Change form:

.AU Registrant Name Change Form (167.7 KB)

Condition of transfer

The license (ownership) of any .au domain may be offered for transfer (or “sale”) to another entity or party by any means and for any reason on the condition that the gaining entity or party meets the eligibility criteria for the registration of a .au domain name.

Somebody else has registered a domain, for which I hold a trademark

If another party has registered a .au domain that you feel you may be entitled to own, you should contact the Australian Domain Authority (auDA). The auDA is the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body responsible for the administration of .au domain names. You can visit their website at auDA for more information on specific regulations or news or current policies.

Registrant Correction requests

In a case where a domain name is registered incorrectly to an ABN not owned by the true/intended registrant of the domain, it is possible to request a correction to registrant information without needing to re-register the domain for additional 2 years. Those eligible for this process are typically customers of small design/hosting companies who registered their customers domain under own retail account using their own business details for eligibility. For this request, we require the following documentation: 

  • Proof of original payment for the domain e.g. a copy of the paid invoice for this domain from the company acting on behalf of the intended registrant in the name of the intended registrant
  • Photo ID of the individual who will become the Registrant Contact following the update
  • Signed letter of explanation from the requestor including the correct ownership information

In cases of human error during submission of the registration application, documentation required is:

  • Signed letter of explanation from the current account holder;
  • Photo ID of account holder;
  • Correct ownership information
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