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How to Register .AU Domain Names

Updated on Jun 3, 2022

Ready to scale your business in Australia? Protect your brand with other domain extensions like .COM.AU, .NET.AU, .ORG.AU. The .AU domain extension is Australia's country-code TLD and is administered by the auDA registry. When you want to register a .AU domain, it’s important to know all the requirements if you want the process to be as smooth as possible.

FastComet has a datacenter location in Sydney, making it convenient for all eligible clients whose main target is the Australian audience.

In this post, we will go over the specifics around the ccTLD - .AU (AUSTRALIA). We will cover:

Who Can Register .AU Domain Names?

To register a .AU domain, you have to provide a physical address that proves you are an Australian citizen. This is common practice for many countries. It’s mainly to ensure that all Australians that have a legitimate business will not get their .AU domain taken from people without Australian presence. 

However, you can apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN), even if you are not an Australian resident. If you are a non-resident, you may be entitled to an ABN in the following cases:

  • You are carrying on or starting an enterprise in Australia;
  • You are making supplies connected with Australia's indirect tax zone.

Applying for an ABN

Non-residents need to provide either:

  • their Australian tax file number (TFN);
  • proof of identity documents and a statement of your business activities in Australia.

You can still apply for an ABN online if you don’t have a TFN. After completing your application, record your reference number. You will need it when sending documents or contacting the Australian Government. Without it, you may have to lodge a new application.

For thorough information on ABN requirements, visit the source.

Note:
All .AU domain names are controlled by the Australian Domain Name Authority (auDA) — a not-for-profit membership organization. They protect and preserve the .AU domain space for legitimate applicants only.

What do I Need to Register a .AU domain?

According to auDA’s regulations, .COM.AU or .NET.AU domains may only be registered to Australian sole traders, businesses, or companies. This means that during the registration process, to prove eligibility, you will have to supply one of the following:

  • Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • Australian Company Number (ACN);
  • State Business Number;
  • Trademark Number;
  • Incorporated Assoc Number.

If you want to register a .ORG.AU domain, you must meet the same registration requirements, in addition to being an Australian non-profit organization or a registered charity. 

Australian associations, clubs, sporting groups, political parties, and close equivalents may register .asn.au domain names, although such associations must be nonprofit.

.id.au is a new ccTLD extension specifically designed for Australian individual citizens or residents. This type of domain name must be clearly based on the registrants’ name or nickname and a photo ID is required for registration.

In all cases, the .au domain must have a close and substantial connection to the person or business intending to use it.

A .AU domain name can be used for any Australian business, industry, or idea. By using it, Australian residents will know that your business is local.

How to Register .AU Domain Names with FastComet

Registering your .AU domain name with FastComet is not difficult. Follow the steps below:

  • Log in to your FastComet Client Area;
  • In your Client Area, go to DomainsRegister new domain;
  • Type the .AU domain name that you want and check for its availability:

Check .AU Domain Availability

  • Once you pick an available domain, click on the button Add to Cart:

Add .AU Domain Name to Cart

  • On the next screen, you will see a note about the specifications when you are ordering a .AU domain:

Note from FastComet

  • After you are ready with picking up addons, go ahead and click on Update Cart:

Update Cart When Buying .AU Domain

  • On the next screen, you will see a message stating that your chosen domain name is not GDPR compliant. Check the box to agree with the message:

Agree to GDPR Compliance

  • Input all your information correctly in the fields below (if it’s not already there);
  • Choose your Payment Method;
  • Click on the button Complete Order:

Complete .AU Domain Order

  • Wait until one of our Customer Service representatives contacts you; 

.AU Domain Name Renewal

You can renew your domain name manually or you can set up Auto Renewal which is an optional feature available with all domains. The renewal date depends on whether you manually renew your domain name or set it to auto-renew. We will attempt auto-renewal on the 7th day prior to the domain name's expiration date. If the renewal attempt fails, you should re-attempt renewal again on the 3rd day prior to the domain name's expiration date.

Conclusion

All you need to do when registering your .AU domain name is to follow the steps in this guide and provide the correct information. The FastComet team will contact you as swiftly as possible once you have placed your order and will help you with finalizing your domain registration.

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