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
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 .com.au) 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
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 .com.au, .org.au etc)
Who is eligible for a .au direct?
- 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?
What if I have applied for a contested name ?
- 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.