The .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) is an alternative to litigation for resolving disputes between parties with competing claims to a domain name.

The auDRP policy applies where a domain name:

  • is identical or confusingly similar to a name, trademark or service mark in which you have rights and the registrant does not (regardless of if they meet any relevant eligibility criteria); and
  • is being used in bad faith.

In an auDRP complaint you can seek to have the name in question transferred to you (provided you are eligible to hold it) or deleted.

Complaints under the .au DRP are submitted to an auDA-approved independent dispute resolution provider and are considered by either one or three panellists. They will resolve they complaint within 20 days.

See the list of approved providers.

The complainant is responsible for providing evidence to support their complaint.

The process for lodging an auDRP complaint is laid out in the .au Dispute Resolution Policy.

Fees for auDRP complaints

There are fees for lodging auDRP complaints which vary depending on the number of domain names involved and the number of panelists the complainant wishes to have review the complaint. The fees start at $2,000 and are laid out in paragraph 4.3 of the policy.

What you need to provide in your auDRP claim

As the Complainant in an auDRP claim, you need to demonstrate to the panel that:

  1. The domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a name, trademark or service mark in which you have rights; and
  2. The Respondent, the current holder of the domain, has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name; and
  3. The domain name has been registered or subsequently used by the Respondent in bad faith.

To lodge a claim under the auDRP, please contact an auDRP provider for more details about the process.

Category: Complaints and disputes