.AU domain policies
.AU is the country code TLD for Australia and is administered by the Australian Domain Name Administrator (auDA). Registering a .AU domain name is a great way to showcase national pride.
- Renewing .AU domains
- Changing ownership
- Transfering-in .AU domains
The Hover system will generate an order number after accepting a registration or renewal order, but this is not an indication of success. Hover will send a confirmation notice to your account email address once the non-real-time order has been processed or if the order has failed. The newly registered domain might take up to 48 hours to appear in the account.
Violation of exhibit A end-user agreement term is subject to suspension, cancellation, or transfer should the registration transgress those terms.
Hover supports .AU first-level domains, as well as .COM.AU, .NET.AU, .ORG.AU, and.ID.AU second-level domains.
The name length requirements for .AU domains are two to 63 characters. Domain names can include letters and numbers. Hyphens can be used, except in the first or last characters of the domain name.
Hover does not support Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) for this TLD.
The organization name must match the Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN) information submitted.
A trademark (TM) is your registered brand and is used to distinguish your business from other products and services. A trademark can be a letter, number, word, phrase, logo, image, sound, movement, shape, or scent. Registering a trademark gives you exclusive rights to your business name in Australia.
|Eligibility ID type||
Note: The number entered in this field undergoes validation; registration fails when submitting an incorrect number.
All .AU domains, including secondary TLDs, require an Australian address.
Second-level domain requirements
We support the following second-level domains: .ASN.AU, .COM.AU, .NET.AU, .ID.AU, .ORG.AU.
All secondary .AU TLD's domain names must be an exact match, abbreviation, or acronym of the registrant's name or otherwise closely and substantially connected to the registrant.
Note: An exact match means that the domain name applied for is identical to one, some, or all of the words or numbers used in the person’s legal name, business name, or Australian trademark. The domain name must use the words or numbers in the same order as they appear in the person’s legal name, business name, or Australian trademark and must not include any additional words or numbers.
To register a .ASN.AU domain name, registrants must be one of the following:
To register a .COM.AU domain name, registrants must be one of the following:
To register a .ID.AU domain name, registrants must be Australian citizens or residents.
Eligibility ID is not required for .ID.AU domains; however, when you specify an eligibility ID type for a .ID.AU registration, you must complete this field.
Domain names must include or be derived from one or more words of the registrant's name or the name the registrant is commonly known, such as a nickname.
|.ORG.AU|| To register a .ORG.AU domain name, registrants must belong to one of the following:
Registering .AU domains
- Navigate to Hover.com. Enter the domain name you would like to register, followed by the search icon.
- You will see an indication that the domain is available. Select Add to cart.
Note: If the domain is taken, you will be presented with other available options that closely match the search term you entered.
- Select one of the shopping cart icons. Both will allow you to proceed with the registration.
- To add a domain-related mailbox to your purchase, select the + next to the desired email option, followed by Secure checkout.
- If you have a Hover account, select Use an existing account to log in.
- If you don't have a Hover account, add your new account information followed by Continue.
- Fill in the registration information, and select Save changes.
- Fill in the required .AU information followed by Continue.
- Ensure the billing information is correct; select Edit to update if not. Check the box I have read and agree to the terms of service, followed by Submit order.
- The order is now complete. An order confirmation email will be sent to the account holder.
Renewing .AU domains
For .AU domains, the Australian registry has implemented a validation matrix for all the domains that are registered. All .AU customers (except .ID.AU domains) must have an active ABN or ACN or trademark to renew.
Unincorporated .ORG associations must be listed on the Australian charities and not-for-profits commission (ACNC). At domain renewal, this requirement must be fulfilled.
Domains can be renewed up to 90 days before the expiry date and up to 30 days after the expiry date. When domains are not renewed within 30 days after the expiry date, the status changes to expired pending purge and the domain name cannot be updated, renewed, or transferred to another registrar.
We do not offer domain renewal refunds.
A trade is relinquishing ownership to another entity. A trade costs the same as a new .AU domain registration and resets the registration period.
After the trade, the domain will gain a new term that starts on the day the trade was completed, and any previous registration period will be lost.
Updating a .AU domain's legal owner requires a change of ownership, or trade, to be processed. This includes changes to the domain's ABN, ACN, Australian trademark number, or eligibility type.
Ownership changes apply to .AU .ASN.AU, ORG.AU, .NET.AU, .COM.AU but not .ID.AU.
The ABN, ACN, Australian trademark numbers, eligibility name, type, and registrant name cannot be updated from the Hover control panel, and will require a trade. The registrant name and eligibility name can sometimes be updated without a trade only if the new name matches the entity name or business name as per the ABN/ACN lookup or the trademark information in a TM lookup.
Domain ownership information is publicly visible using the .AU whois lookup.
Contact Hover support to initiate a trade or update the ownership information. Support will provide the required forms to initiate a trade. We will require the following information.
Registrant Name (must match information in ABN/ACN lookup):
Eligibility Name (must match information in ABN/ACN lookup):
Prior to contacting support, ensure the ABN, ACN, or TM is active and valid. If the ABN, ACN, or TM is inactive or deregistered, it must be reactivated prior to completing the trade.
Australian Business Number
Verification is available at Australian Business Register
Australian Company Number
Verification is available at Australian Securities & Investments Commission
Note: Search within Organization and Business Names.
Verification is available at IP Australia
If you are unable to reactivate the ABN, ACN, or TM, you must submit the transfer or trade of domain name chain of title form with one of the following statutory declaration forms depending on your corresponding state or territory:
Victoria Statutory Declaration
Queensland Statutory Declaration
Western Australia Statutory Declaration
South Australia Statutory Declaration
Northern Territory Statutory Declaration
Australian Capital Territory Statutory Declaration
New South Wales Statutory Declaration
Tasmania Statutory Declaration
Transfering-in .AU domains
For .AU domains, the Australian registry has implemented a validation matrix for all the domains that are registered. All .AU customers (except .ID.AU domains) must have an active ABN or ABN or trademark to transfer their domains.
There is no charge for .AU transfers unless the domain expires within 90 days. If the transfer takes place within 90 days before expiry, the domain will renew after the domain transfer completes, and a charge will be applied.
After the transfer is initiated, an email is sent to the owner's email address specified on the transfer form to confirm the transfer. The registry declines the transfer request if the owner does not approve the transfer request within two days.
There is a three-calendar-day grace period during which the transaction may be canceled.
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