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Priority Allocation Period starts 24 March 2022

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About .AU


The .au direct extension will launch on the 24th of March 2022, providing more choice for your Australian presence, as well as the opportunity to register a shorter domain.

 

Instead of using a domain such as lexsynergy.com.au (third-level domain), you will be able to register lexsynergy.au (second-level domain). The com.au and .au will complement each other and form part of a defensive registration strategy.

 

Registrants must have a local presence in Australia. This includes registered businesses, organizations, citizens, and residents.

 

Registrants may choose any .au domain they want as long as it:

a) is available to be registered,
b) meets the syntax requirements, and
c) does not appear on the Reserved Names list, as set out in the Licensing Rules.

 

.AU is different to the other Australian namespaces which are intended for specific use, such as:

  • au and net.au for commercial entities;
  • au for not-for-profits; or
  • au for educational institutions.

Those namespaces have eligibility rules restricting which entities can register domains and how the name needs to relate to a registrant or their organisation.

 

Registering new .au direct domain

From 24 March 2022, you will be able to register new .au direct names on a first-come, first-served basis provided the matching name is not registered in any other .au namespace e.g. com.au, org.au. etc.

 

Registering the exact match of an existing .au domain you own (Priority Application Period)

There will be a six-month-long Priority Application Period, to provide an opportunity for existing registrants of third-level (com.au, net.au, and org.au) domains to apply for their matching .au domain. The allocation of domains during the Priority Application Period will be based on the following:

 

One Eligible Registrant
If you are the only eligible registrant in the Priority Allocation Period, your .au direct domain will be allocated to you.

 

Multiple Eligible Registrants
If there are multiple registrants eligible to apply during the Priority Allocation Period for the same .au direct domain (e.g. you own getyour.com.au and another registrant owns getyour.org.au), the allocation will be determined according to the priority category of the eligible applicants.

Category 1 - Domain names with a creation date on or before the date of 4 February 2018

Category 2 - Domain names with a creation date after 4 February 2018

 

Based on these categories, the allocation will be based on the following scenarios:

 

Scenario 1 - There are Category 1 and Category 2 applicants: The Category 1 applicants have priority over Category 2 applicants

 

Scenario 2 - There are multiple Category 1 applicants: Category 1 applicants must agree on the allocation, otherwise, the domain will remain unallocated

 

Scenario 3 - There are only Category 2 applicants: The domain is allocated to the applicant whose domain has the earliest creation date

 

Pricing for .AU domains is still to be confirmed. Please check back at a later date or email support@lexsynergy.com for pricing updates. 

Country: Australia

Region: Asia


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Launch Information


All times are UTC and 24-clock, unless otherwise stated.

Phase Dates Allocation Cost Eligibility
Priority Allocation Period Starts
24 Mar '22 00:00
Ends
24 Sep '22 00:00
Allocation is based on how many eligible registrants apply during the Priority Allocation Period. Full allocation details can be found above. $0.00 Existing registrants with an exact match within com.au, net.au, or org.au have the first opportunity to register the name during the six-month Priority Allocation Period.

Pricing for .AU domains is still TBC. Please check back at a later date or email support@lexsynergy.com for pricing updates.

Eligibility Requirements


Anyone with a legal, local connection to Australia is eligible to register a .au direct name. This includes the following:
  1. an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident visa holder;
  2. an Australian company registered under the Corporations Act 2001;
  3. a registrable Australian body or a foreign company under the Corporations Act 2001 which has an Australian Registered Body Number (ARBN);
  4. an entity issued with an Australian Business Number under the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999;
  5. a Registered Organisation that is: (a) an association of employers; (b) an association of employees (union); or (c) an enterprise association; registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 and which appears on the Register of Organisations;

General Remarks


Reserved Domain Names

Some domain names are reserved names; these are names which are ineligible for registration due to ICANN restrictions or Registry Operator designation. Certain Domain names have been classified as Premium and will be sold at higher prices. If you wish to apply for a Premium domain name, please email support@lexsynergy.com to process your application.


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General Capabilities


Setting Detail
Type Restricted
Supports Internationalisation (IDN) No
Supports DNSSEC No
Supports Backorders No
Supports Privacy No
Supports API Access Yes
Supports Dispute Resolution Yes
Subject to ICANN Guidelines No
Maximum Registration Period 1 year

Registration Details - Restricted


Setting Detail
Registration Wait Time Delayed
Requires Local Presence Yes
Local Presence Requirement Same Country
Maximum Registration Period 1 year
Refund Grace Period 0 days
Nameserver Limits No limit

Transfer Details


Setting Detail
Supports Transfer Yes
Requires Transfer Passwords Yes

Prices


Action/Phase Price

does not apply to premium domains

contact your account manager for phase-based pricing

* may not include renewal

Disclaimer


The above information is provided by registry operators and/or other third parties and may change without further notice. Prior to relying on the aforesaid information, we recommend seeking confirmation by emailing support@lexsynergy.com.