This article describes the procedures and requirements of .com.au domain names.
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Successful domain registration via RCP or API requires:

  • Two or more nameservers or a nameserver group
  • Registrants using a Trade Mark as basis for their eligibility must bear in mind that the domain name must include all the words in the order in which they appear in the Australian Trade Mark

Successful domain transfer via RCP or API requires:

  • Authorization code
  • Two or more nameservers or a nameserver group
Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer
Average transfer time 2 days
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .com.au domains is available.


Restore / reactivate


Domain lifecycle
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 2
  • Maximum length: 63
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9
  • IDN: Yes
  • Registration period: 2 - 2 year(s)
  • Renewal date offset: 3 days
    The number of days before the registry's expiration date, that Openprovider requires the domain to be renewed or expired. More info.
    Note that the dates as shown in your Openprovider account are always leading, even if they do not match the renewal date offset mentioned here.
  • Soft quarantine period: n/a days
    During this period, following after an expiration, the domain can be restored for free. This period does not apply if the domain is deleted explicitly. More info.
  • Quarantine period: 0 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
  • Local presence required? yes
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? no
  • Local activity required?
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • Registrants using a Trade Mark as basis for their eligibility must bear in mind that 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’; and dashes or ampersands. To remain eligible for a domain name the registrant should change the basis on which it meets the Australian presence requirement.
  • Companies can now apply for and hold .au domain name licences on behalf of another company in their corporate group (a ‘related body corporate’), as long as that related company meets the Australian presence requirement.
  • The definition of ‘commercial entity’ has been expanded to include Commonwealth entities, statutory bodies under commonwealth state or territory legislation, incorporated limited partnerships under State or Territory legislation, trading co-operatives and the government being the crown.
  • The registrant must provide company registration or trademark registration numbers that can be matched to the respective Australian government databases.
  • https://www.auda.org.au/au-domain-names/new-au-licensing-rules/comau-and-netau-rule-changes
  • https://www.auda.org.au/policies
  • https://www.auda.org.au/au-domain-names/new-au-licensing-rules/comau-and-netau-rule-changes
Registration agreement The registry requires that a registration agreement is in place between the provider and the domain holder. The text of this registration agreement and any required supplements is the following:

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