If we told you that you could get an even better version of your domain name would you want it? AuDA, the Registry for Australia’s county code top-level domain (ccTLD) .au, is going to allow registrations of domains under the .au extension beginning in March 2022. Until now, you could only register 3rd-level .au domains. This is an exciting opportunity for Australian Internet users and businesses operating in Australia to get the shorter version of their Australian domain (e.g. yourdomain.au). For more information on the grandfathering process and launch schedule please continue reading.
Priority application period for existing 3rd-level .au domains
According to AuDA, 96% of priority applicants will be able to secure their matching .au domain name as soon as they apply. There are a small number of priority applicants that will be vying for the same .au domains.
This contention mainly arises between applicants with domain names in com.au and net.au that are based on common dictionary words and English phrases rather than typical company or business names. Fortunately, many of these competing domain names are held by the same legal entity.
Priority application launch schedule
- Priority category 1 names have a creation date on or before February 4, 2018 at 23:59:59 (UTC)
- Priority category 2 names have a creation date after February 4, 2018 at 23:59:59 (UTC)
Domains for which an agreement cannot be reached will remain reserved indefinitely until a single applicant remains. If there are applicants vying for the same name in the same category, the application whose 3rd level .au domain has the earliest date will be awarded the .au domain.
Any priority applicants who do not submit an application for their matching name before the Eligible Priority phase closes will be considered as having forfeited their priority right, and the name will be made available to the general public.