Posted on August 20, 2021
The .au Domain Administration (auDA) has officially announced the launch of direct .au registration, a new namespace for all Australians on 24 March 2022.
This means you will now be able to own a domain name that looks like – domainexample.com.au would be domainexample.au (remove the .com in the .com.au).
It is important to note that .au direct is optional and will not affect any existing .au domain names.
Eligibility for all in Australia
Any business, association and individual with a local connection to Australia is eligible to register a .au direct name through inputhost.
Priority Allocation Process
Registrants with an existing .au domain name/license (eg. a registrant who holds domainexample.com.au) will have the first opportunity to register the exact match of their existing domain name at the direct level (eg. domainexample.au) through the Priority Allocation Process. auDA has confirmed that exact matches of all names in the Australian registry prior to the launch of the new namespace will be reserved for .au direct during the six-month Priority Allocation Period, beginning in March 2022.
We will let you know as soon as the priority period to register your .au domain names is here.