.AU is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) representing Australia.
At the moment, it is not possible to register directly a top-level .AU domain (such as mycompany.au). The naming rules for .AU require registrations under second-level categories that describe a type of entity.
Opened second-level domains (available for the public) that you can register with Namecheap are:
.COM.AU - commercial entities
.NET.AU - registered companies
.ORG.AU - associations and non-profit organizations
Other opened domains are:
.ID.AU - Australian citizens (individuals) only
.ASN.AU - associations, political parties and clubs
Closed second-level domains (restricted to certain sectors):
.EDU.AU - educational institutions (see third-level domains below)
.GOV.AU - governments and their departments
.CSIRO.AU - CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization)
**.AU domain names can contain up to 63 characters, with a minimum of two characters. These characters can be letters (a to z), numbers (0 to 9) and hyphens (except at the beginning or the end of a domain name; double hyphens are not allowed as well). Also, you cannot register domain names with special characters such as & and #.
You can register **.AU domain names for 1-5 years.
This extension is available only for Australian registrants.
Steps for a successful **.AU domain registration:
1. First of all, check the contact information you are going to use for the domain registration.
If you wish to use the default contact details, log into your Namecheap account, go to the Profile section and click on Manage for All Addresses:
Find a Default contact there and click on Edit for it:
Make sure that the Organization and Job Title fields are
filled in with the corresponding details, and the option This is a company address is selected (otherwise, the Registry
will reject the order if these fields are left empty).
The organization name should match the one associated with the ID Number (ABN/ACN). You can check it using the ABN lookup tool at http://abr.business.gov.au
More information about the ABN number can be found at http://downloads.icbglobal.org/au/ATO/ATO_Format_of_the_ABN_NAT2956.pdf
If you would like to specify new contact details for the domain registration, go to your Shopping Cart and click on the Confirm Order button. Choose Add new contact from the drop-down and enter your contact information:
Make sure to fill in the Company Name and Job Title fields by putting the check-mark next to I'm registering on behalf of a company:
If these details are not specified correctly, the following error will appear:
2. Once it is done, scroll down the page to the Extended Attributes section. You will be requested to enter an ID number depending on the selected registrant type (ID type):
- ABN (Australian Business Number) - format: 11 digits without spaces, hyphens, etc.
- ACN (Australian Company Number)
- TM (Trademark Number)
If you are using an AustralianTM for .COM.AU or .NET.AU domain registration, you will need to choose the domain which will be an exact match to the words in your trademark. The domain name must include all the words in the order in which they appear in the Australian Trade Mark, excluding:
- DNS identifiers such as com.au;
- Punctuation marks such as an exclamation point or an apostrophe;
- Articles such as "a", "the", "and" or "of";
If your domain name is not an exact match of the words in the trademark, you will not be eligible to hold this domain.
You can also find more information on the requirements at https://www.auda.org.au/policy/au-domain-administration-rules-licensing
3. To proceed with the checkout, click on Continue and select the payment method you would like to use.
NOTE: ** The newly registered .AU domain might take up to 48 hours to appear in the account. You will receive an email notification once the registration order is completed.
You can cancel your .AU domain name with no refund at any time and will have two calendar days to restore it for an additional fee if you change your mind.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Support Team.