In Development: Second Level .au Domains

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

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

Second level names function in exactly the same way as domain names in the,,, and namespaces  – except with the benefit of being shorter and available to everyone with an Australian presence.

Second level domains will be a new added option for Australian registrants. The,,,, options you’re used to will still work and be available to register as usual.

Second level .au domain names are expected to launch in 2020.

Find out more: FAQ: Second Level Domain Names

The .au Priority Allocation Process

If you are the registrant of an eligible,,,,, or domain name, you will have six months to apply for priority status to register the exact match of your .au domain name at the second level.

Find out more:The Priority Allocation Process