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.au Launch Info

The new .au domains are arriving soon, and we know you may have questions. We are here to help.

Who is eligible for a .au domain?

To be eligible for a .au domain, you must have a current Australian presence.

  • A permanent Australian resident or citizen
  • An Australian registered company
  • An Australian Partnership or Sole Trader
  • An owner of an Australian Registered Trademark
  • An Australian registered charity
  • An Australian registered political party
  • A Trust where the trustee is an Australian citizen
  • A foreign company licensed to trade in Australia

When will .au domains become available for purchase?

auDA, the Australian Domain Administration, has advertised a release date of March 24, 2022

Will current .com/.net/.org.au registrants have priorty for the matching .au domain?

Yes, current registrants of a .com.au, .net.au, or .org.au will have priority to purchase a .au domain based on criteria set forth by auDA.

  • The registrant of a current .com.au, .net.au, or .org.au domain that was registered prior to February 4, 2018 will have Priority 1 status for the matching .au domain.
  • The registrant of a current .com.au, .net.au, or .org.au domain that was registered between February 4, 2018 and March 24, 2022 will have Priority 2 status for the matching .au domain.
  • In the event that there are multiple registrants with Priority 1 status, the registrants will be required to decide which is eligible for the .au domain.
  • In the event that there are multiple registrants with Priority 2 status, the earliest registration date will prevail should there be no Priority 1 registrants.

What is next if I have priority status?

All priority phases will run from March 24, 2022 to September 22, 2022. To take advantage of either Priority 1 or 2 status, you must apply for the .au domain during this time period.

  • If multiple Priority 1 status registrants exist, then it will be up to the registrants to decide which party will register the .AU domain. If consensus cannot be met the domain will remain unregistered.
  • If a Priority 1 status registrant fails to apply for the .au domain, registration will be awarded to the eligible Priority 2 registrant if one exists.

Be prepared for your .au domain to become available.

  • Review your current domain's contact information to ensure that everything is current and accurate.
  • Check the Whois to ensure the eligibility info (ie. ABN, ACN, etc) listed on your domain is current and accurate.
  • If required, you may update your domain contact information within your account. To update the registrant eligibility information, please contact auhelp@godaddy.com for assistance.

More info

  • Want to register a .au domain? Search for your domain today.
  • 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.