Do you want to register a .au domain name?

The Priority Allocation period for registering .au domain names will soon be closing, with existing holders of or domain names having until 20 September 2022 to apply for their corresponding .au domain name. Post 20 September 2022, .au domains will be available for anyone to register provided they meet the eligibility criteria. What …
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.AU direct domains march forward

A new Australian domain extension will be available from 24 March 2022, allowing eligible businesses to register .au ‘direct’ domain names for the first time. What is the new domain? The new domain extension is simply “.au” An example of a .au domain name is “”. A .au domain name is an opportunity to shorten …
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Changes to Australian domain name rules will invalidate some existing domain name registrations

The  .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), which administers rules for .au domain names, is changing the eligibility requirements for a domain name registrant having an Australian presence. These changes take effect from 12 April 2021, and may affect the validity of existing “” and “” domain name registrations. The and domain names are …
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POF Sponsors Cleantech Forum

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick is proud to sponsor the 8th Annual Australasian Cleantech Forum. Additionally, as an associated sponsor, we pleased to offer discount registrations to this important event.

auDA calls for second level domain (2LD) submissions

auDA (the Australian domain name administrator) has issued a call for proposals for the creation of new 2LDs in the .au domain space and is also seeking public input on the proposal to reactivate two currently inactive 2LDs – and Currently, the active open 2LDs are:,,,, and

Beware of unsolicited “renewal” notices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a timely reminder that trade mark and domain name owners should exercise caution before paying what appear to be renewal notices. There are a growing number of services issuing documents that look like invoices for listing registrations in registers that offer no benefit to owners. Recipients of such notices …
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Australian replaced as head of ICANN

Rod Beckstrom has replaced Australian Paul Twomey (who has retired) as the head of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the world’s Internet domain name regulator. The announcement is here.