New Domain Name Category

domain names

A new domain name ending in .au is available now.

This new domain name ends in .au.

For instance, we have registered toowoombawebdesign.au

A domain name ending in .au signifies that the person or organisation using it has a connection to Australia.

The rules for who can register what names in these open namespaces can be found in the .au Domain Administration Rules: Licensing.

Domain Extensions

com.au

For commercial entities, such as companies (with an ABN or ACN as registered through ASIC), and businesses (registered with state governments).


net.au

For commercial entities, such as companies (with an ABN/ACN as registered through ASIC), and businesses (registered with state governments).


org.au

For charities and non-profit organisations.


.au

Coming March 2022. .au direct names – e.g. auda.au – will be open to anyone with a connection to Australia.


asn.au

For incorporated associations, political parties, trade unions, sporting and special interest clubs.


id.au

For individuals who are Australian citizens or residents.


The new domain name category, could leave your business or organisation open to fraudulent cyber activity.

From 24 March 2022, anyone with a local connection to Australia (including businesses, associations and individuals) will be able to register a new category of domain name.

These shorter simpler domain names will end in .au rather than .com.au, .net.au, .org.au, .gov.au or .edu.au.

All Australian businesses will have until 20 September to reserve their .au equivalent domain name, then it becomes available to the general public.

This new category of domain name allows users to register shorter, more memorable online names; however it also creates another avenue for cybercriminals to conduct fraudulent cyber activities.

Opportunistic cybercriminals could register your .au domain name in an attempt to impersonate your business.

For example, if you have currently registered yourbusiness.com.au, a cybercriminal could register yourbusiness.au or yourbusinesscom.au and use these domains to conduct fraudulent cyber activities.

How to protect yourself

To help protect your business from opportunistic cybercriminals, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recommends that all Australian businesses with existing domain names register their .au equivalents before 20 September 2022.

If a business does not reserve their .au equivalent direct domain name during this six-month period, that name will become available to the public on a first come, first served basis.

Reserve Your .au Domain Name

Contact or call us on 0418 168 678 to discuss your requirements

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