The com.au domain exists to enable eligible commercial entities in Australia to have an Internet address (domain name) that is closely aligned with their commercial name.
The com.au domain is a listing service. It provides a distinct 1:1 correlation between a domain name and an applicant's registered commercial name. The com.au domain is a policy-driven domain. Some names, such as place names or names of goods or services, will not be licensed for use as com.au domain names.
This document is the current policy for administering the com.au domain, and contains the rules for the administration of the com.au domain, and in particular those that determine the acceptance or rejection of a com.au domain name application.
1. Types of Eligible Commercial Entities
Only commercial entities registered and trading in Australia will be allocated a com.au domain name. Applicants registering company and business names to obtain particular domain names should be aware of:
The following table lists types of eligible commercial entities. To register a domain name for a type of entity not listed in the table, you will need to demonstrate:
An eligible entity may be identifiable in one or more categories
2. Allocation Rules
These rules govern the licensing of com.au domain names. As these rules are applied, com.au domain name applications that do not meet the requirements here will be declined.
2.1 Complete and Correct Details
Complete and correct details must be provided with each and every application. Agents (for example, Internet Service Providers) who apply for domain names on behalf of their clients must not place themselves as the administrative contact.
2.2 Single Domain Name per Commercial Entity
Only one domain name is licensed per eligible commercial entity. Organizations with more than one eligible commercial entity (for example, a company with several registered trading names) can apply for one com.au domain name for each registered trading name.
2.3 Composition of a Domain Name
A com.au domain name must:
2.4 Uniqueness and Similarity
No two com.au domain names can be exactly the same (e.g. there can be only one xyz.com.au). No test is made to ensure:
2.5 Allocation of Domain Names
com.au domain names are licensed to applicants on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. There is no provision for queuing of applications. If a domain name is already licensed, or if an application is pending for that name, no further applications will be accepted for that name until the name is either revoked or the pending application declined.
If an application is declined (or a domain name removed), the pending entry is removed from the AUNIC registry and the domain name is immediately available.
2.6 Direct Derivation
Applicants can use the complete name of their eligible commercial entity, or an abbreviation. When an abbreviation is requested:
2.7 Australian Place Names
Australian place names and their common abbreviations are overly representative (i.e. representing all commerce for a particular community or in a geographic region) and will not be licensed for use as com.au domain names. Some examples are in the table below.
2.8 Generic Words
Words that represent commercial categories or sectors are overly representative and will not be licensed for use as com.au domain names. Some examples are in the table below.
2.9 Offensive or Obscene Domain Names
It has been the policy of NJStar / Melbourne IT to reject domain names, which by themselves or as part of a name or word, by normally accepted standards are unacceptable because they are obscene, offensive or contrary to public policy. Until such time as a new regulatory body of the .au domain space has been able to determine policy in this area, NJStar / Melbourne IT intends to continue to adopt a conservative policy with regard to registration of such names.
3. Licence Rules
3.1 Licence Period and Renewal
The initial licence period for a com.au domain name is two years. The licence to use the com.au domain name can be renewed at the end of each licence period, subject to current terms and conditions. The administrator will attempt to contact licensees (or their agents) when the domain name licence requires renewal, but licensees are responsible to ensure renewal
3.2 Domain Name Licence Transfer
The licence to use the com.au domain name cannot be transferred or sold to another party.
3.3 Revoking a domain name licence
The licence to use the com.au domain name can be terminated for reasons outlined in the table below.
4. Dispute Resolution
Disputes over com.au domain names are resolved via the procedure outlined below. This procedure applies to both declined com.au domain name applications, and disputes over already-licensed com.au domain names.
5. Acknowledgment and Warranties
For the administration of the com.au domain, reliance is placed upon the information and warranties supplied by applicants or their agents. By applying for a com.au domain name, applicants: