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For the first time, Australians will be able to register domain names directly before the .au, such as This is also referred to as a “second level name” or the “.au namespace”.

auDA (the administrator of Australia’s new .au top level domain) CEO, Rosemary Sinclair AM said, “I am delighted to announce .au direct will be available from March 2022, providing consumers the opportunity to licence shorter, eye-catching names and bringing Australia in line with most other country code Top Level Domains including the United Kingdom (.uk), Canada (.ca), the USA (.us) and New Zealand (.nz).

auDA released the namespace on the 24th March 2022 giving existing domain owners six months to apply for Priority Status (protection of their domain) with an accredited registrar. If domain owners do not apply, corresponding names will be made available for registration by the public after this six-month period.

Existing registrants (domain owners) of domain names (or others e.g. will have the chance to apply for the .au direct exact match of their names via the priority allocation process.

The process to apply is usually as simple as applying for your .au domain via your current domain registrar.

For more information please refer to the auDA website.