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About .au domains

auDA is the sponsor for the country-code top-level domain name (ccTLD) .com.au, .net.au, and .org.au extensions that represent Australia.

Who can register .au domains?

Companies or organizations that are registered to do business in Australia can register .com.au, .net.au, and .org.au domain names on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registrants will be required to provide a valid Australian government-provided ID number or supporting documentation, and the domains must either be an exact match, abbreviation or acronym of the registrant's name or closely and substantially connected to the registrant.

  • .au — Not offered.
  • .com.au — Intended for commercial entities.
  • .net.au — Intended for network infrastructures, such as Internet Service Providers.
  • .org.au — Intended for non-profit organizations.

A .com.au and .net.au registrant must be one of the following:

  • An Australian registered company.
  • Trading under a registered business name in any Australian State or Territory.
  • An Australian partnership or sole trader.
  • A foreign company licensed to trade in Australia.
  • An owner of an Australian Registered Trade Mark.
  • An applicant for an Australian Registered Trade Mark.
  • An association incorporated in any Australian State or Territory.
  • An Australian commercial statutory body.

A .org.au registrant must be one of the following:

  • An association incorporated in any Australian State or Territory.
  • A political party registered with the Australian Electoral Commission.
  • A trade union or other organization registered under the Workplace Relations Act 1996.
  • A sporting or special interest club operating in Australia.
  • A charity operating in Australia, as defined in the registrant's constitution or other documents of incorporation.
  • A non-profit organization operating in Australia, as defined in the registrant's constitution or other documents of incorporation.

Registration restrictions

When registering a .au domain, you must follow specific requirements.

  • Must use: 2 - 63 Characters
  • Can use: Letters (a-z characters), numbers (0-9) and hyphens (except in the 1st or last characters of the domain name)
  • Cannot use: Special characters (e.g., & and #) or register explicitly for resale
  • IDNs: Not supported

Features

  • Registration length: 1-5 years
  • Renewal length: 1-5 years
    • You can renew your .au domain name 90 days prior to its expiration date.
    • Your .au domain name renews before its expiration date. We attempt auto-renewal 13 days prior to the domain name's expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, we re-attempt renewal 6 days prior to the domain name's expiration date and again on the domain name's actual expiration date.
  • Backorders: Not supported
  • Transfers to GoDaddy: Supported
    • The transfers of .au domains do not include a free 1-year extension of the registration.
    • Should you need to cancel a transfer in request for your .au domain, please contact us directly at auhelp@godaddy.com for assistance.
  • Transfers away from GoDaddy: Supported
    • Transfer Lock: Not supported
    • For assistance cancelling a pending transfer away, please contact the gaining registrar.
  • Transfers to another GoDaddy account: Supported
  • Basic privacy protection: Not supported
  • Protection plan upgrades: Not supported
  • Cash Parking: Supported
  • Contact Updates: Supported
    • When reviewing .au domain Whois results, you will see registrant contact and registrant eligibility information. These items are separate for .au domains.
    • You can update contact information directly through your account. To update the registrant eligibility information, please contact auhelp@godaddy.com for assistance.
    • An eligibility information update is viewed by the .au registry as a cancellation of the existing registration, and the creation of a new registration. Payment is required for the new registration, and there are no refunds for the cancelled registration.

Nameserver requirements

  • Must use: 1-10 authoritive nameservers
  • Can use: IPv4, IPv6, DNSSEC

Refunds

For details on refunds, see our refund policy. Most domains will follow the Standard Refund Terms, but certain domains may have exceptions or may not be refundable at all. Review the information under Products with Special Refund Terms > Domain Name Registrations/Renewals and Products Not Eligible for Refunds.

Cancellation requirements

To cancel your .au domain, contact our GoDaddy Guides for assistance.

More info

  • Want to register a .com.au domain? Search for your domain today.
  • Want to register a .net.au domain? Search for your domain today.
  • Want to register a .org.au domain? Search for your domain today.
  • Check out our most common domain articles to get started with your .au domain.

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