There are eligibility requirements that must be met in order to register or take ownership of a .com.au or .net.au domain license.
.com.au and .net.au domains are both for commercial purposes.
To be eligible for a .com.au or .net.au domain name, registrants must be:
a) an Australian registered company; or
b) trading under a registered business name in any Australian State or Territory; or
c) an Australian partnership or sole trader; or
d) a foreign company licensed to trade in Australia; or
e) an owner of an Australian Registered Trade Mark; or
f) an applicant for an Australian Registered Trade Mark; or
g) an association incorporated in any Australian State or Territory; or
h) an Australian commercial statutory body.
The full policy for .com.au and .net.au domains is available on the .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) website: 2012-04 – Domain Name Eligibility and Allocation Policy Rules for the Open 2LDs
Overseas (non-Australian) businesses can purchase .au domain names
Overseas businesses are able to purchase and use .au domain names. We have sold .au domain names to businesses from all around the world.
The most common (and easiest) way that overseas businesses can meet the eligibility requirements for holding a .au domain name, is applying for an Australian trade mark.
Applying for an Australian trade mark
IP Australia is the Australian Government agency that administers Australia’s intellectual property rights system, including trade marks. For more information on Australian trade marks, see the IP Australia website:
The current cost to register an Australian trade mark, in one class, is $250 AUD. For full details of the fees, see the IP Australia website:
Overseas businesses are eligible to use .au domain names from the moment that their trade mark application has been lodged and they have received an ‘IP Right Number’.
Registering as a foreign company to trade in Australia
Another way in which overseas businesses can meet the eligibility requirements for .au domain names, is registering as a foreign company that will conduct trade in Australia. For further information, see this page on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) website:
You will need to lodge a 402 Application for registration as a foreign company with ASIC. The fee for lodgement is currently $469 AUD. The form and further information is available on the ASIC website: