Domain Names – Registration basics

Posted by , January 27th, 2011

A common process that will go hand in hand with company registration is the registration of a domain name. Domain names are the addressing system of the internet, allowing you to link your website to consumers via the World Wide Web.

Domain names are comprised of a name chosen by their owner, plus an extension, such as .com.au or .org. Different types of domain extension have different eligibility rules for registration. Below are some of the most common types:

  • .com.au & .net.au: For commercial Australian entities including companies, registered businesses, partnerships, sole traders, trademark owners, commercial statutory bodies and incorporated associations. Eligibility details must be supplied to register.
  • .org.au & .asn.au: For non-profit Australian entities including special interest clubs, charities, religious groups, political parties, trade unions or any other non-profit group operating in Australia, as defined in their constitution. Eligibility details must be supplied to register.
  • .id.au: For personal/individual use only, and the domain name must be the name or nickname of the person registering it.
  • .com/.net/.org/.info/.biz: These domain extensions are free to be registered by anyone, worldwide. There are no restrictions on registration or eligibility details required to register.

The generic domain extensions (such as .com or .info) have minimal governance and policies. Domain names ending in .au are governed by an Australian regulatory body called auDA. They offer policies and authority to protect the rights of domain registrants. To register a domain name ending in .au, you can contact a registrar via auDA’s website

For more information about domain names ending in .au, you can also check out “Lets Talk Net”, a website created by auDA to provide information about domain names to a non-technical audience.

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Author: Kim Lowton is an auDA panelist with 6 years experience in the Australian domain industry.

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