'Reserved names' are domain names not available to register, except in specific circumstances.

There are three categories of reserved names:

  • a word, acronym or abbreviation that is restricted or prohibited under an Australian law;
  • a name or abbreviation of an Australian state or territory, including the word ‘Australia’; or
  • names that may pose a risk to the security, stability and integrity of the .au and global Domain Name System.

auDA can also reserve names:

  • that pose a risk to the operational security, integrity and utility of the .au domain;
  • where it is necessary for the proper administration of government; and
  • for future use by the administrator of the .au ccTLD for operational purposes or as second level domains.

It is up to registrants to ensure their domain name is not a reserved name. This is one of the warranties you make when you apply for a .au domain name.

Registering reserved names

Where names are prohibited by Australian law, they can be registered by a person if:

  • the Person is a statutory authority for whom the name has been restricted for their use;
  • the Person has Ministerial consent to use the name and a copy of that consent is provided to .au Domain Administration; or
  • the Person is not captured by the relevant prohibition.

auDA cannot offer advice on whether you can use a name prohibited or restricted under Australian law. The legislation can be very complex, and it is often the use of the word, phrase or acronym that attracts the restriction, such as use for commercial purposes, or by a professional body.

If you are unsure whether you can use a particular name, seek legal advice.

Category: Registering a name