Join the over half a million Aussies who have already secured themselves a .au Direct domain since the launch last year

  • Shorter and more memorable
  • Easier to register
  • Uniquely Australian



Register your .au Direct Domain Today!

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 What is more Aussie than shortening a name ??

Now you can shorten your Domain Name too.

With less restrictions on who can register a .au (compared to it’s the perfect domain to register for your personal blog,

small business website or family email address. 

And it’s a fantastic way to showcase you and your business as being Australian.

Get your .au Direct today for only $15.95 for the first year*

*Price includes GST and is for new registrations for first year only. Subsequent years and renewal pricing is $25.95/year


Domain Central is proud to be an auDA Accredited Registrar

Got questions about the .au Direct ???

When can I register a .au direct?

You can register a .au Direct now !!

The namespace first launched in March 2022.


Why choose a .au Direct ?

Shorter and simpler to remember

Uniquely Australian

More options available (as it is a newer namespace and you must have an Australian Presence to be eligible)

Easier to register (no allocation rules like other Australian namespaces such as, etc)

Who is eligible for a .au direct?
Any Person with an Australian Presence such as:

  • A Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Charity, Association or Trust with a current ABN or ACN.
  • A permanent Australian resident or citizen.
  • A foreign business with an Australian trademark application or registration.
What is Priority Hold/Allocation?
Priority Hold/Allocation was the six-month period from 24th March 2022 to 20th September 2022 where all exact matches of existing .au namespace domains were put on hold to give existing registrants a chance to apply for Priority Status for the exact match of their existing .au domain/s.
What if I have applied for a contested name ?
Where there are multiple applications for a contested name, the following principles apply:

  • Category 1 applicants have priority over Category 2 applicants.
  • Where there are multiple Category 1 applications, the name is allocated on agreement/negotiation between the Category 1 applicants.
  • Where there are only Category 2 applicants, the name is allocated to the applicant with the earliest creation date.

Negotiation between multiple category 1 applicants
Where there are multiple Category 1 applications, those registrants will need to negotiate between themselves to determine who will be allocated the .au direct domain name they have applied for.

Applicants will be able to contact each other via the publicly available registrant contact information found in WHOIS.

Where an agreement is reached:

  • The agreed applicant(s) will withdraw their applications.
  • The name is allocated to the registrant with the only active Priority Status application remaining for an initial one-year licence term.

Where no agreement is reached:

  • The .au direct domain name remains subject to a Priority Hold.
  • The name remains on Priority Hold until there is only one active application remaining.

Applicants will need to renew their application on a yearly basis.