office-625893_1280Domain names in Australia

In addition to .com, the domain names most commonly used in Australia are:

  • .com.au or .net.au - commercial entities or networks (e.g. businesses)
  • .org.au -non-commercial organisations (e.g. charities and non-profit organisations)
  • .asn.au - incorporated associations, political parties, trade unions and clubs etc.
  • .gov.au - government departments, agencies or associations (federal, state or local)
  • .edu.au - educational institutions (e.g. schools, universities, technical colleges) .

Other TLDs are also gaining traction here as with other countries in the world.

There is currently a national review being undertaken by auDA examining the structure of the Australian Domain Name System in general and, in particular, the potential for introducing domain names directly under .au (as opposed to the second level domain - 2LDs - policy currently in place).  More can be found on the 2015 Names Policy Panel deliberations and the August 2015 Draft Recommendations at auDA 2015 Names Policy Panel.

For .au domain names .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) provides links to registrars and resellers.
www.auda.org.au

Unlike .com, there is a requirement when registering an Australian .com.au or .net.au to have a legitimate business registration - an Australian Company Number (ACN) or Australian Business Number (ABN) - which is the same as, or at least strongly relates to, the domain name being proposed for registeration.

As elsewhere, domain names must be unique. WHOIS provides a searchable service to check if a 2LD .au domain is available.
www.ausregistry.com.au/whois

.au Domain Administration Ltd (.auDA) is the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for .au domain names endorsed by the Australian Government.
www.auda.org.au

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