A .au domain name (such as ‘’) is an important digital asset that helps people find you, your business or your not-for-profit organisation online and signals to people that you have a connection to Australia. To continue using your .au domain name, it is vital that you renew it before your license expires.  

When does my .au domain name licence expire? 

When you register or renew a domain name licence you can select a licencing period of one to five years. The end of this period is your licence expiry date. 

You can confirm your domain name licence expiry date at  

When can I renew my .au domain name licence? 

.au domain licences can be renewed 90 days prior to the licence expiry date.  

Your registrar will send you a reminder email as the end of your licence period approaches. To ensure you do not miss these emails, make sure you keep your contact information up to date, and that your registrar emails are not being sent to a spam folder. 

Can I set up automatic renewals? 

Some registrars offer automatic renewal services. You can check this option with your preferred registrar. See the list of auDA accredited registrars.

How do I renew my .au domain name licence? 

Follow the steps provided to you by your registrar to renew your domain name licence.  

You must also ensure you continue to meet the eligibility and allocation requirements as set out in the .au Licensing Rules. If you fail to meet the eligibility and allocation requirements at any time during the licence period, your licence can be cancelled.  

What if I forget to renew my .au domain name licence? 

If your licence has expired you have a 30-day grace period in which to renew your domain name licence through your existing or a new registrar. 

If you do not renew the licence within the 30-day grace period, your domain name will be removed from the registry and become available to be registered by the public on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Will my domain name function during the renewal grace period? 

No. You will not be able to use or update your domain name while it is in the 30 day period after expiry. This means that both your website and email services that use the related domain name will stop working.

To avoid losing your domain name licence to another eligible registrant, it is important that you renew your domain name licence before it expires.

Where can I find more information?  

To stay up to date with the latest information about auDA and the .au domain, become a .au member

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