The purpose of the auDRP is to provide a cheaper, speedier alternative to litigation for the resolution of disputes between the registrant of a .au domain name and a party with competing rights in the domain name. The auDRP commenced on 1 August 2002 for,,, and domain names. On 19 June 2003 the auDRP was extended to cover domain names.

The grounds for complaint and procedural rules are set out in the .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) (2016-01).

The auDRP is an adaptation of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) administered by ICANN with respect to the global Top Level Domains (gTLDs).

How to Lodge an auDRP Complaint

auDA does not handle auDRP complaints.

Complaints under the policy may be submitted to any auDA approved auDRP Provider (listed below in alphabetical order).

Complaints are determined by a Panel (single or three-member) appointed by the Provider from its listed Panelists. Each Provider follows the auDRP Rules, as well as its own supplemental rules.

If you need to know the creation date of the domain name for lodging a formal claim under the auDRP, you can download and complete the Request for Domain Name Creation Date Form and send it to auDA.

PLEASE NOTE: The Request for Domain Name Creation Date can be only made with regards to a formal claim under the .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) or Australian Court proceeding ONLY, and should not be used for any other purpose whatsoever. 

auDRP Providers

auDRP Panelists

Independent arbitrators who hear auDRP complaints are known as "Panelists".

Each auDRP Provider is wholly responsible for the appointment of its listed Panelists. Individuals who wish to become auDRP Panelists should contact a Provider. It is possible to be a Panelist for more than one Provider.