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What are the eligibility criteria for registering a .AU domain name?
Updated Thursday August 9th 2018 / Category Domain Policy

The criteria for registering a .AU domain name varies based on the specific domain name extension that you’re trying to register and whether you’re registering it on behalf of an individual, business, or some sort of organisation.

Below you’ll find a summary of .AU domain name extensions and some of the most common eligibility information required upon registration. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and may be missing some niche information. Full eligibility requirements of all .AU domain names can be found here.

.COM.AU & .NET.AU

As .NET.AU and .COM.AU domain names are intended for commercial use by Australian businesses, the most common methods of proving eligibility are by providing an ABN or ACN; as most Australian businesses require one to operate.

An ABN refers to an Australian Business Number, which identifies your business by 11 numbers. An ACN refers to an Australian Company Number, which identifies your business by 8 numbers. Either of those legal identifiers can be used to register a .com.au domain name in this case.

If you don’t currently have an ABN, you’re able to register for one by visiting the Australian Taxation Office’ (ATO) website and apply for one here.

The list of ABN’s accepted for the following companies are listed below:

  • Sole Trader
  • Partnership
  • Not-for-profit organisations (including Religious/Church groups)
  • Any Australian Public or Private Company (Can either be Limited by Guarantee or Limited by Shares)
  • Trust groups

Alternatively, you can provide a registered trademark, incorporated association ID, or any registered State business number.

.ORG.AU & .ASN.AU

.org.au and .asn.au domain names have relatively strict eligibility requirements as they are intended for use by not-for-profit, charity, and government organisations.

The most common entity types eligible to register these domain names are:

  • Not-for-profit organisations registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC)
  • Club/Sporting/Special Interest Groups
  • Religious/Church Groups
  • Incorporated Associations in any State
  • Political Party Groups registered with the Australian Electoral Commission
  • Trade Unions registered with the Fair Work Act of 2009

Common eligibility information we require for .org.au domain names are:

  • Incorporated association number for a not-for-profit/charity organisation
  • An active ABN/ACN for a not-for-profit or charity organisation.
  • A signed letter on club letterhead that clearly defines the organisations intent to register the domain name, their purpose for doing so and their overall overview of what their organisation is. This must be signed and dated by a member of the organisation.

Australian Public Companies Limited by Guarantee and NOT Limited by Shares are also eligible for .org.au and .asn.au domain names.

Private companies are NOT eligible for this extension, as they are limited by share/stakeholders and not guarantors.

.ID.AU

.id.au domain names are intended for personal use by Australian residents and as such you’ll find the requirements are significantly less restrictive.

The following eligibility requirements for .id.au domain names are listed below:

  • You must be an Australian resident/citizen
  • The domain name must exactly match or be closely related to yourself as the individual
  • The domain name can be related to yourself in terms of a hobby or a nickname

.id.au domain names CANNOT be registered for the means of commercial use, as they are a domain that is intended for personal use.

More Information

If you’re unsure about any of the eligibility requirements when registering a domain name, we recommend speaking with a member of our sales team who can answer any questions you may have and assist you with registering your ideal domain name.

To view the full criteria for .au domain eligibility, please take the time to review auDA’s documentation by clicking here.

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