This article describes the procedures and requirements of .au domain names.
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To register a .au domainname a local presence is required.
The owner, administrative and technical contact must match the Australian Presence Requirements, this can be validated/checked through an ABN checker like http://abr.business.gov.au/.

If the company does not have an address in Australia but has an Australian Trademark it is possible to register domains without any problem.

The e-mail address of the owner must be that of the owner himself and not that of the reseller or registrar. Be careful to use the correct e-mail address, as it's not possible to change it at a later moment.

Physical persons can only register ID.AU domains.
Companies can only register .COM.AU, .NET.AU, .ORG.AU domains.

Registration can be started via the API.
if you do not use the API, please send us an email with
- the domainname
- the handles (with CA adress details)
- the nameservers

and the additional parameters we need to forward to the registry:

This indicates the relationship between the Eligibility Type (e.g. business name#) and domain name. Specify the Policy reference number as appropriate from the values below.

Possible values:

'1' (2LD Domain name is an exact match, an acronym or abbreviation of the company or trading name, organisation or association name, or trademark)
'2' (2LD Domain Name is closely and substantially connected to the organisation or activities undertaken by the organisation.)

Specify what makes the registrant eligible to register the .com.au, .net.au, .org.au or .id.au domain name.

Possible values:


This indicates the type of document/registration of the provided ID number.

Possible values:

'ABN' (Australian Business Number)
'ACN' (Australian Company Number)
'ARBN' (Australian Registered Body Number)
'OTHER' (Specify ‘OTHER’ for Incorporated Association)
'TM' (Trademark)
A transfer can be started using an authcode which can be retrieved from the current registrar.
Once the transfer has been started the domain owner will get an approval mail which need to be approved within 30 days.
Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer unchanged
Average transfer time max 30 days
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .au domains is available.

Owner change (trade)

A change of ownership is not supported.

Other update

An update can be done through the control panel or API. Please note that the registry does not support the change of an e-mail address linked to a contact handle.


To cancel a .au you will have to disable the autorenew. It is not possible to explicitly delete a .au domainname during the current active period.

Restore / reactivate

A domain can be restored using a restore domain command at the supplier. The domain can be renewed for 30 days after expiring.
Technical information
  • Available second level domains: .com.au, .net.au, .org.au, .id.au
  • DNSSEC support: no
  • Minimum length: 2 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD
  • Registration period: 2 years
  • Renewal date offset: 2 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? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • Local address of the domain owner is required.
  • Local address of the domain administrator is required.
  • International holders of a trademark valid in Australia are eligible as well.
  • Company number (companies) or Identity Card number (individuals) is required.
  • The e-mail address of the owner must be that of the owner himself and not that of the reseller or registrar.
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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