How is the new .au domain space different to .com.au?
There are two key differences with regards to the rules that set out who can register .au names (eligibility rules) and what name they can choose (.au allocation rules)
Unlike .com.au, the new .au space will be open to anyone with a verified connection to Australia – either a resident or a registered business or association. The .com.au has stricter eligibility definitions, specifically, they need to be a registered entity with either a valid ABN, ACN or AU trademark.
The allocation rules for .au allow you to choose any name that is available in the new .au domain space provided it complies with Australian law and meets the syntax requirements. This is a lot less restrictive than the other existing namespaces where there are additional specific rules that outline how the name you choose must be related to you or your organization.
When is the launch?
.au is launching on 24 March 2022.
How does the Priority AU Allocation Process work?
Existing registrants with an exact match have the first opportunity to register the name during the six-month Priority Allocation period. With regards to the allocation process, If no one applies for Priority Status during that period, the name can be registered through an accredited registrar on a first-come-firstserved basis when the Priority Allocation period ends.
- Category 1 Domain name licences with a creation date on or before the Priority Status cut-off date of 4 February 2018
- Category 2 Domain name licences with a creation date after the Priority Status cut-off date of 4 February 2018
How will you get your exact match domain name
How to apply for the new .au domain space?
You will be able to apply for Priority Status when the priority allocation period opens in March 2022.
There will be a fee for lodging an application and the prices of the domain name registration.
Once you lodge your application you will be unable to update the registrant information associated with your domain name while your application remains active, so it is important to make sure it is up to date before you lodge your application.
If you are allocated a name via the Priority Application Process, it will automatically be registered to you on an initial one-year licence. After this initial licence period you will be able to renew it for a licence period of up to five years.
In a small number of cases, there will be more than one registrant eligible for a reserved .au domain name, as different registrants can hold the same name in different namespaces. This is referred to as a contested name.
- Tina is the registrant of getyour.com.au
- Gene is the registrant of getyour.net.au
- Louise is the registrant of getyour.org.au
- All hold names that were in the registry before the launch of the new .au domain space.
- Tina, Gene and Louise would all be eligible to apply for Priority Status to register getyour.au
In these cases, how the new .au domain space is allocated depends on each applicant’s priority category. If they are all in the same priority category holders will need to negotiate between themselves, and if no agreement can be reached the domain name will be reserved until the matter is settled.
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