Australia domains rules and regulations

Registering and using multiple domain names is a great way to STOP competition from registering a domain name that is related to your business. Prevent competitors from drawing customers to their website instead of yours. Protect your brand and online identity from those who may have unsavoury purposes.

Domains can be 2 to 63 letters. Words can be separated by hyphens but not by spaces.

.com.au & .net.au

To own a .com.au or .net.au domain name, you must be an Australian registered company or a business with a registered business number (ABN, BRN, BN).

To meet the licence requirements for a .com.au or a .net.au domain name, you must be registered for business in Australia. This means registering your business or company name with one of the official government authorities, eg ASIC or the Department of Fair Trading in your State. Or you can obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN) from the ATO.

The domain name you order should be an exact match, acronym or abbreviation of the supplied business registration, or it should bear a close and substantial connection to the domain name.

For example, the Mazda Motor Company would be reasonably entitled to own:

  • www.mazda.com.au
  • www.mazdacars.com.au
  • www.mx5car.com.au
  • www.zoom-zoom.com.au

.com, .biz, .net, .info, .org

These domain names are not restricted. They are therefore policy-free and anyone can register any domain name.

.org.au & .asn.au

To quality for these domains, you must be a "non-commercial organisation".

The domain name you register should have a solid relationship to the organisation it represents.

For example, the Salvation Army is reasonably entitled to own:

  • www.salvationarmy.org.au
  • www.salvos.org.au

.id.au

Designed for individuals who reside in Australia. You may register ANY personal name by which you are known.

For example, John Howard would be reasonably entitled to own:

  • www.john-howard.id.au
  • www.littlejohnny.id.au
  • www.theprimeminister.id.au

.co.nz, net.nz, org.nz, gen.nz, geek.nz

These domain names are not restricted. They are therefore policy-free and anyone can register any domain name.

.co.uk, .me.uk

These domain names are not restricted. They are therefore policy-free and anyone can register any domain name.

.ie

These domains are only available to residents and businesses in Ireland. You will need to provide proof when registering a .ie domain.

For individuals:

  • Irish passport
  • Irish driving licence/UK driving licence (showing Northern Ireland address)
  • Irish/Northern Irish bank statement showing an address in the island of Ireland
  • Official college ID (from a college recognized by the Department of Education)
  • Public Services Card
  • Correspondence from Ireland's Revenue Commissioners showing your PPS number
  • Utility bill showing an Irish address (if accompanied by a passport or driving licence)

For businesses:

Trademark number or certificate, if you have an Irish Trademark, an EU Community Trademark, or a WIPO Trademark enforceable in Ireland.

If you do not have any, the registry requires one of the following document below:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Verifiable online company number
  • VAT Number
  • Proof of being registered for Income Tax
  • Trademark number or certificate

And they also require one of the following:

  • Sales invoice showing that the domain holder sells goods or services in the island of Ireland
  • Signed letter from a third-party solicitor, accountant, bank manager or auditor, confirming that the domain holder is selling goods or services in the island of Ireland

Note: You may refer to the .IE Registry's FAQ site for your reference: https://www.iedr.ie/frequently-asked-questions/

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