Published on March 24, 2022

Register for your .AU domain today!

Ryan Jones

Shorter, simpler and easy to remember – .au domains are now available for registration.

Requirements: You must already have a .au domain such as or before you can request your .au domain. A verification email will be sent to the registrant email address associated with your current or domain name.

  1. Register your request here:
  2. Get the email and click on the link in the email to retrieve your priority token.
  3. The page that opens up will have a button you need to click to obtain your Priority contact ID and Priority authInfo details. Copy these down someplace.
  4. Search and Register your domain with a Domain Registrar.
  5. Process to checkout – and when asked, enter in your Priority contact ID and Priority authInfo details.
  6. Now update the Domain Name Servers to point to your website! Don’t have a website?

.AU direct launch details

Aside from businesses and organisations, qualified individuals will also be able to register for the new .AU direct. Please take note that existing and new auDA rules apply to determine who is eligible for .AU direct domain registration.

Those who have existing .AU family domains, like, can apply for a Priority Status to register their exact match in .AU. Registrants of existing .au names will have six months to apply for Priority Status to register the .au direct match of their name, if they would like to licence it.

Under the Priority Allocation process, matching domain names in the Australian registry before .au direct launch will be automatically reserved during the six-month Priority Allocation period, which is from March 24, 2022 until September 19, 2022.

Why get a .AU direct domain?

A .AU direct extension allows you to have a shorter and more memorable online name that is easier to type and display on mobile devices. Registering your matching .AU direct domain allows you to streamline traffic to your site, retain your branding, and prevent competitors from beating you to it!

Will .AU direct domain affect existing .AU namespaces?

Existing .au domains, such,,, etc., will be unaffected and will continue to operate as usual. You will still be able to use, register, and renew them after the .au direct names launch.

What happens if there is more than one registrant eligible for the same .au direct domain name?

For example, holders of and are eligible to apply for priority status for In that case, the name will be allocated according to priority categories, which are determined by:

  • The existing domain name creation date.
  • The Priority cut-off date of 4 February 2018, as outlined in auDA’s Priority Allocation Process.
  • An independent Policy Review Panel recommended the Priority Allocation Process and Priority Status cut-off date following a public consultation.

What happens if no one applies for the new .au domain name at the end of the application period?

Anyone who satisfies the “Australian Presence” criteria will be able to register it in the same way .au domain names are registered today. To register a domain name, click here.

What is the difference between a domain, a domain name and a domain extension?

“” is the domain name, “yourname” is the domain and “” is the domain extension.

What are examples of existing .au domain extensions?,,,, are the main domain extensions, but there are also domains available to government, educational and religious organisations like and edu. au,,, etc.

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