The TLD for Australia is .AU. It is administered by auDA, the Australian Domain Name Administrator.
As of Thursday, Mar 24, 2022, domain names are open for registration directly under .AU as second-level domains referred to as .AU direct names.
- Registration requirements
- Changes in ownership
- Cancellation policy
- Complaints handling policy
- Registry accreditation
- Additional resources
The name length requirements for.AU domains are two to 63 characters before the TLD. We do not support IDNs for this TLD.
We support the following second-level domains: ASN.AU, .COM.AU, .NET.AU, .ID.AU, .ORG.AU.
Additional registration details are in our TLD reference chart.
Eligibility ID type
The name on the eligibility ID document. Registrations except for .ID.AU require this field.
The registrant name is the legal entity name, such as the company name, incorporated association name, or an individual name. All registrations require this field.
Registrant ID type
Select ABN or Australian Company Number (ACN) from the drop-down list. All registrations except for .ID.AU require this field.
The registrant identifier number. This value must correspond to the registrant ID type selected. All registrations except for .ID.AU require this field.
Important: The number entered in this field undergoes validation; registration fails when submitting an incorrect number.
Choose the reason that the registrant is entitled to use the domain name. This field is required. Allowed values are:
Important: The auDA registry requires you, the reseller, to indicate somewhere on your website that you are an OpenSRS reseller.
All .AU domains, including secondary TLDs, require an Australian address.
Secondary level domain requirements
As per the current process, all secondary .AU TLD's domain names must be an exact match, abbreviation, or acronym of the registrant's name or otherwise closely and substantially connected to the registrant.
As of Monday, Apr 12, 2021, auDA changed eligibility requirements for .COM.AU, NET.AU, and ORG.AU to meet the Australian presence requirement.
To register a .ASN.AU domain name, registrants must be one of the following:
To register a .COM.AU domain name, registrants must be one of the following:
To register a .ID.AU domain name, registrants must be Australian citizens or Australian residents.
The name must include or be derived from one or more words of the registrant's name or the name the registrant is commonly known, such as a nickname.
|.ORG.AU|| To register a .ORG.AU domain name, registrants must belong to one of the following:
When completing the registration form for any .AU domain name, you must submit some additional information about the registrant. These additional fields are displayed in the owner information section of the control panel registration form and the additional domain information section of the RWI registration form.
In July 2018, the .AU namespace migrated to a new registry operator, Afilias.
Note: These requirements apply to all new registrations, transfers in, and contact updates or changes.
The registry operator for.AU has several other requirements. Registrars must send registrants the domain's authorization code and registration certificate upon registration. Both of these are sent to the registrant by OpenSRS. The reseller that facilitated the transaction is listed in both of these notifications.
Note: OpenSRS is no longer able to provide .AU domain registrations to any reseller based in China due to a formal direction from auDA.
Registrants may renew domains 90 days before expiry and 30 days after expiry. Domain renewals default to one year.
When a domain expires, the status changes to expired hold. The domain name is removed from the DNS and cannot be updated; however, it can be renewed or transferred to another Registrar.
When the domain name does not renew within 30 days of expiry, the status changes to expired pending purge, the domain name cannot be updated, renewed, or transferred to another registrar and will be purged from the registry during the next purge cycle.
At OpenSRS, we allow two renewals, one synchronous (now) and one asynchronous (later).
Synchronous renewal processes a domain renewal for one year; it renews the domain and synchronizes the expiry date with the registry.
Note: For asynchronous renewal, when the domain transfers away before the scheduled renewal, there is no refund on the paid renewal. As of Monday, Apr 12, 2021, auDA updated licensing, validation and security requirements to maintain public confidence in the zone and create uniform conditions across TLDs. Domains no longer meeting the eligibility requirements cannot renew.
Changes in ownership
Ownership changes apply to .AU .ASN.AU, ORG.AU, .NET.AU, .COM.AU but not .ID.AU.
Update domain contact details through the control panel. Updating the domain's legal owner requires processing a change of ownership. After the change, the domain gains up to five years on the registration period, and previous registration time is lost.
Both documents linked below must be filled out, signed, and emailed to email@example.com. To reduce processing time, please check the documents for accurate information first.
Sole traders or companies with a recently cancelled ABN can seek to reinstate it with the ABR.
When the domain holder has an inactive or deregistered ABN/ACN, we will require validation of the following forms through the Tucows compliance team. Please have the registrant complete them. If there are concerns, please have the registrant contact the registry directly. The registrant completes the statute of declaration form from their respective state in addition to the transfer of domain name chain of title form.
- Victoria Statutory Declaration
- Queensland Statutory Declaration
- Western Australia Statutory Declaration
- South Australia Statutory Declaration
- Northern Territory Statutory Declaration
- Australian Capital Territory Statutory Declaration
- New South Wales Statutory Declaration
- Tasmania Statutory Declaration
Note: Log into your OpenSRS Help & Support account to access the forms in this article.
Validating the current owner document
To verify the document from the current owner, please compare the information found on the registry WhoIs with the information in the current owner document.
The document has three fields:
- Domain name - Domain involved in the ownership change.
- Registrant name - Must exactly match the registrant field, not the registrant contact name.
- Signature - The signature must be visible on or near the signature line.
Validating the new owner document
|Owner contact information||The owner contact information is the section that displays the new whois contact details.|
|Signature||The signature must be visible and on or near the signature line.|
Determining what consists of an ownership trade
Trades consist of the registrant relinquishing ownership over the domain to another entity. In some cases, trades may not be necessary when the domain contains partially correct ABN/ACN data, such as the ABN number. No trade should be required when an incorrect or old business/entity name was used; a simple update will suffice.
Should you ever have concerns over whether or not a change in ownership is required, please contact support for assistance.
Transfers and cancellations
When the transfer request is submitted, an email goes to the owner's email address specified on the transfer form. There is a two-day window to approve or reject the request. The registrant accepts the transfer request within two days. Once two days have passed without approval, the registry declines the transfer request.
There is a three-day grace period during which transactions permit cancellation. We do not offer refunds on renewals of domains, but you may request to cancel the registration at any time by submitting a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Your registration of a domain name may also be subject to suspension, cancellation, or transfer should you be found to violate any term of our Exhibit A end-user agreement,
Complaints handling policy
OpenSRS Compliance assists with problems or requests surrounding .AU domains. Submit complaints about .AU domains to email@example.com. A confirmation receipt of the communication goes out immediately; the response time is within two business days.
The .AU Domain Name Suppliers' Code of Practice and the auDA Consumer Information outlines rights surrounding disputes and the ability to lodge complaints.
Tucows (Australia) Pty Limited (ABN 38 144 482 002 / ACN 144482002) is an auDA accredited .AU Registrar.
Level 11, 1 York St.
Sydney NSW 2000
96 Mowat Ave
Toronto, Ontario M6K 3M1
- AuDA help center
- Upcoming .AU changes
- Domain name eligibility
- Mandatory provisions
- Whois policy
- Complaints policy
- Frequently asked questions (auDA Help Center)
- AU Transfer Form (Current Registrant).pdf
- AU Transfer Form (New Registrant).pdf
- .AU geoTLD