On 24 March 2022, the Australian Domain Administration (auDA) released a new .au namespace for Australians so they can now register a shorter and more memorable .au domain name. For example, your domain could now be yourcompany.au instead of yourcompany.com.au.
Previously, there were only six open namespaces available to Australians including .com.au, .org.au and .net.au. In addition, each name space had a specific purpose and rules as to who could register them and what name they could register.
The new top level .au namespace has less restrictive eligibility requirements and is available to individuals, businesses, and organisations if they have an Australian presence, such as holding Australian citizenship, residency or is an organisation registered in Australia.
Until 24 September 2022, if you currently own an existing Australian domain name, you will be given priority to apply for the corresponding .au domain name. Once the priority allocation period expires, all .au domains will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Why register a .au domain
Aside from having a shorter name for your customers to remember, a .au domain indicates you are an Australian site. With 9 out of 10 Australians preferring to buy from Australian businesses, customers will know immediately that they are dealing with an established Australian business which provides a greater level of trust.
As a business owner, your website, and its content forms part of your intellectual property, so it makes sense to protect it. With eligibility requirements for the .au domain being less strict than .com.au, someone else could purchase yourcompany.au and start trading from it. Whether the person who registered yourcompany.au is trading in the same space as you or not, your customers could become confused if they accidentally go to the .au domain owned by someone else. For this reason alone, we strongly recommend registering your .au as soon as possible.
Where should you register your .au domain?
The cost of registering your .au domain name can vary between providers, however a good start is to look at your current provider as it will be convenient if both your domains are held in the one account.
The average price for registering in the .au and therefore protecting your .com.au identity is less than $50 per year.
If you’d like to learn more about registering your .au domain name, please contact us.