Domain registration and transferring: .COM.AU, .ID.AU, .ORG.AU, .NET.AU & .ASN.AU

In this article, we will give you an overview of the requirements for transferring or registering a second level .AU domain at HostPapa. You will be able to purchase one of the following domains: .COM.AU, .ID.AU, .ORG.AU, .NET.AU, and .ASN.AU. 

How to register a domain name with HostPapa

To check prices or register one of these domains, visit our domain page or purchase directly from your HostPapa Dashboard by clicking on My Domains, then Register New Domain to open a Secure Order Form.

IMPORTANT: Before you purchase a second level .AU domain, please read the rest of this article to learn about the requirements and conditions for the domain. 

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HostPapa offers domain name registrations for these second-level domains:

  • .ASN.AU – For incorporated associations, political parties, trade unions, sporting and special interest clubs.
  • .COM.AU – For commercial entities, such as companies and businesses.
  • .NET.AU- For commercial entities, such as companies and businesses.
  • .ID.AU- For individuals who are Australian citizens or residents.
  • .ORG.AU- For charities and non-profit organizations.

The registration period for .AU domains is one to five years.

Once the domain name is registered, our registrar, OpenSRS, will send you (the registrant) a PDF confirming that you are now the domain name owner. That email will also include the AUTHINFO code.

To register a second level .AU domain name, you must meet the following requirements: 

Note: For all .AU domains except for ID.AU, an ABN/ACN number is required.

.ASN.AU

Domain names must be an exact match, abbreviation, or acronym of the Registrant’s name or otherwise closely and substantially connected to the Registrant. To register a .ASN.AU domain name, Registrants must be one of the following:

  • a not for profit entity or unincorporated association; and
  • the domain name being applied for must be:
    • a match to or synonym of the name of:
      • service that the Person provides;
      • a program that the Person administers;
      • an event that the Person registers or sponsors;
      • an activity that the Person facilitates, teaches or trains;
      • premises which the Person operates; or
      • an occupation that its members practice;
    • and which that Person is providing at the time of the application; or
      • a match of the Person’s legal name, business or statutory name or the name of the unincorporated association;
      • an acronym of the Person’s legal name, business name, statutory name or the name of the unincorporated association; or
      • a match of the Person’s Australian Trade Mark.

.COM.AU

Domain names must be an exact match, abbreviation, or acronym of the Registrant’s name or trademark, or otherwise closely and substantially connected to the Registrant. To register a .COM.AU domain name, registrants must be one of the following:

  • A Person applying for a licence in the com.au and net.au namespaces must be
  • a commercial entity; and
  • the domain name applied for must be:
    • a match of the Person’s company, business, statutory or Personal name; or
    • an acronym of the Person’s company, business, statutory or Personal name; or
    • a match of the Person’s Australian Trade Mark; or
    • a match to or an acronym of a name of a related body corporate or
    • a match or an acronym of a name of:
      • a partnership of which the Person is a partner;
      • a trust of which the Person is a trustee; or
    • a match or synonym of the name of:
      • a service that the Person provides;
      • goods that the Person sells (whether retail or wholesale);
      • an event that the Person registers or sponsors;
      • an activity that the Person facilitates, teaches or trains;
      • premises which the Person operates
    • and which that Person is providing at the time of the application.
  • This does not apply where a Person has established an Australian presence by relying on an Australian Trade Mark, the domain name must be an exact match to the words which are the subject matter of the Australian Trade Mark.

.ID.AU

Domain names must be an exact match, abbreviation, or acronym of the Registrant’s personal name or otherwise closely and substantially connected to the Registrant. The name must include or be derived from one or more words of the Registrant’s name or the name by which the Registrant is commonly known (nickname). To register a .ID.AU domain name, registrants must be:

  • a natural Person; and
  • the domain name being applied for must be:
  • a match to a Person’s legal name, first name or family name;
  • an acronym or abbreviation of the Person’s legal name, first name or family name; or
  • a nickname of the Person.

.NET.AU

Domain names must be an exact match, abbreviation, or acronym of the Registrant’s name or otherwise closely and substantially connected to the Registrant. To register a .NET.AU domain name, registrants must be one of the following:

  • A Person applying for a licence in the com.au and net.au namespaces must be
  • a commercial entity; and
  • the domain name applied for must be:
    • a match of the Person’s company, business, statutory or Personal name; or
    • an acronym of the Person’s company, business, statutory or Personal name; or
    • a match of the Person’s Australian Trade Mark; or
    • a match to or an acronym of a name of a related body corporate or
    • a match or an acronym of a name of:
      • a partnership of which the Person is a partner;
      • a trust of which the Person is a trustee; or
    • a match or synonym of the name of:
      • a service that the Person provides;
      • goods that the Person sells (whether retail or wholesale);
      • an event that the Person registers or sponsors;
      • an activity that the Person facilitates, teaches or trains;
      • premises which the Person operates
    • and which that Person is providing at the time of the application.
  • This does not apply where a Person has established an Australian presence by relying on an Australian Trade Mark, the domain name must be an exact match to the words which are the subject matter of the Australian Trade Mark.

.ORG.AU

Domain names must be an exact match, abbreviation, or acronym of the Registrant’s name or otherwise closely and substantially connected to the Registrant. To register a .ORG.AU domain name, registrants must belong to one of the following:

  • a not for profit entity; and
  • the domain name applied for must be:
    • a match to or synonym of the name of:
    • a service that the Person provides;
    • a program that the Person administers;
    • an event that the Person registers or sponsors;
    • an activity that the Person facilitates, teaches or trains;
    • premises which the Person operates;
    • an occupation that its members practise;
  • and which that Person is providing at the time of the application; or
  • (b) a match of the Person’s legal name, business or statutory name or the name of the unincorporated association; or
  • (c) an acronym of the Person’s legal name, business name, or statutory name; or
  • (d) a match of the Person’s Australian Trade Mark; or
  • (e) a match to the name of a trust of which the Person is a trustee.

How to transfer a domain name to HostPapa

Before you request to transfer your domain name to HostPapa, there are a few steps you should complete to ensure a smooth transfer: 

  1. Unlock your domain name at your current registrar. Each domain registrar may have different steps to unlock the domain. If you can’t find this option in the general settings, please contact your domain registrar. 
  2. Obtain an authorization code (EPP Key, also known as Auth-Code or transfer code). This code is necessary for the transfer and should be provided by your current registrar. 
  3. The domain owner must ensure that the current eligibility criteria visible in the public WHOIS database is accurate and up to date. Our registrar, OpenSRS, will send an email to this address immediately after you purchase the transfer. The email will contain the verification link and Transfer Key that you’ll need to authorize the transfer in your HostPapa account. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1. If the correct domain transfer AUTHINFO code has been submitted, an email will be sent to the owner contact (the email address needs to be valid and accessible).
  2. If an invalid domain transfer AUTHINFO code has been submitted, the transfer will be rejected and you will need to retrieve this before resubmitting through HostPapa.
  3. Once a reply has been received from the owner’s email address the transfer will be confirmed the next business day and complete in 48 -72 hours.
  4. If no reply is received within 7 days the transfer will be cancelled.
  5. Please note that .au domains can be transferred only on the first 30 days and if the eligibility criteria are met (ABN/ACN number is accurate/valid), however, it is advisable that you have at least 2 weeks of registration remaining on the domain name.

If you need help transferring or registering your second level .AU domain name with HostPapa, please open a support ticket from your dashboard.

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