Shorter, simpler .au domain names - like forexample.au – will soon be available as an additional option for registration by Australian internet users.

These names are known as ‘second level' domains as they sit at the level below '.au', the county code top level domain (ccTLD) for Australia. They are also sometimes referred to as being in the .au namespace (other namespaces are com.au, org.au etc.). Registering names at the second level is also sometimes referred to as ‘direct registration’.

Second level .au domain names are expected to launch in 2021. You can learn more about them and how they will be launched via the links below.

About second level names

Learn about second level .au domain names: what they are, who can get one.

The priority allocation process

Existing registrants of other .au domain names will have the chance to apply for the exact match of their at the second level. Learn about the priority allocation process.