Australians will be able to register their ideal .au domain names with the newer, shorter .au domain extension.
If you have an existing .au domain mycompany.com.au, you can register its .au direct counterpart mycompany.au. Or, you can register a new one for your Aussie business.
The launch of this domain complements existing Australian namespaces such as com.au, net.au, edu.au, org.au, gov.au.
Now that the Priority Allocation Period is over, all unallocated .au domain names will be available for anyone to register by 4 October 2022.
However, all Australian entities can still pre-register their ideal .au domain names from 21 September to 3 October before its public release. Pre-registering ups their chances of securing the domain name before anyone else does.
The new .au direct namespace will bring Australia at par with countries already having top-level domains, including Canada (.ca), USA (.us), United Kingdom (.uk), and New Zealand (.nz).
Other important benefits it brings Australian domain owners include:
A .au direct domain will have fewer characters, which makes it easier for clients and customers to remember and type on their browsers.
Unlike the existing .au namespace, a .au direct domain will be available to any individual, business, organisation, and government entity from auDA accredited registrars.
Registering your exact match .au direct domain will protect your brand from other entities looking to register it for themselves. It also ensures all online traffic to your business will land on your website instead of a competitor’s.
Cybercriminals can register your exact match .au domain name and use it for purposes that malign your business's reputation.
The eligibility criterion for .au direct is simple. It’s available for anyone within Australia or with a local connection to Australia. This means that whether you’re an individual, association, or business, you are eligible to register a .au direct domain name.
Current .au family domain name holders should consider whether they should claim their .au direct domain once it becomes available or pre-register it now through Vodien. It’s ideal to register their exact match .au direct domain to streamline web traffic and protect their brand.
Refer to this fact sheet prepared by auDA containing all the information about the new .au direct namespace.
Get ready to get your hands on the .au direct domain soon. Vodien can assist you with the entire pre-registration process, or you can do so automatically here.
You can also obtain trademark protection for your brand to help you secure its exact .au direct domain name and avoid possible disputes.