FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions about Australian domains names. If you have any further questions that aren’t answered below, feel free to contact us and we will attempt to get back to your with a response.

Why have an Australian domain name?

One of the main reasons to get an Australian domain name is to instil trust in your potential customers, letting them know you are a legitimate Australian business. Most Aussies feel comfortable dealing with local businesses online, so are more likely to deal with companies they can trust. Most Australian domain names require the registrant to supply a valid ABN (Australian Business Number) to complete registration.

Hang on, what happened to compulsory 2 year registration?

Since the initial tender process in 2002, AusRegistry operated the registry for the .au name space. In 2017 auDA (.au Domain Administration) put out an expression of interest and another tender. Afilias Australia was named as the new operator in July 2018 and with the migration of the infrastructure came a number of changes. The most notable being that .com.au, net.au, org.au, id.au, asn.au, edu.au, and gov.au names will be able to be registered for between one and five years.

What is an accredited registrar?

Accredited domain name registrars are companies/business who have obtained an official accreditation and hold a current licence from auDA, the governing body of the Australian domain name space. Accreditation allows registration of AU domain names from Afilias Australia who is the registry operator. These registrars have direct access to the registry database and obtain the wholesale price for domain names. This means that any business/company that does not hold an accreditation is reselling domain names via an accredited registrar.

What do we get out of this?

Our aim is to provide a list of the domain name registrars and resellers that offer Australian domain names and help you make an informed decision. To help fund the expenses of running the website, we may earn  commission from some registrars / resellers if you purchase a domain or services through them. It will not cost you any more, but we receive a little kick back.