The .au country code top level domain (ccTLD) is highly trusted in the Australian community and enjoys a reputation as one of the world's most stable and secure ccTLDs.
auDA accredited registrars are key to ensuring this trust and security are maintained.
Applying for registrar accreditation
To be become an auDA accredited registrar you must submit an application to auDA.
In your application you'll need to show that your organisation meets the corporate, operational and security related requirements.
Accreditation is open to Australian companies as well as foreign companies holding an ARBN.
The Registrar Accreditation Application package comprises the following documents:
The application form explains the accreditation criteria and process, step by step.
A copy of the Registry-Registrar Agreement and other information about the registry-registrar technical interface is available from Identity Digital Australia (formerly Afilias Australia). Please note that you will not be able to access Identity Digital Australia's systems until you have been provisionally accredited by auDA.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application fee to auDA of AUD$2,200 (GST inc) - non-refundable
- Annual licence fee to auDA of AUD$3,300 (GST inc)
- Starting balance with Afilias of AUD$10,000.
Applicants must also meet the cost of any technical development, staff training or other activities required to obtain accreditation.
Wholesale domain name pricing
auDA accredited registrars get direct access to the registry database and purchase .au domain names at the wholesale price offered by Identity Digital Australia.
Wholesale price per annum (inc. GST)
Each auDA accredited registrar is entitled to access and use up to 20 registry connections as set out in their Registrar Agreement.
A registry connection is a secure channel between registrars and the .au registry. Registry connections are used by registrars to send instructions to the registry, for example to create or delete domain name registrations or to renew or update existing domain name records. Each registry connection can accommodate up to 12 instructions per second. Registrars have the option to purchase additional registry connections to access additional capacity.
The following registrars have purchased additional registry connections for access and use to provide their services:
- Synergy Wholesale Accreditations Pty Ltd – 20 additional registry connections
- Terrific.com.au Pty Ltd – 20 additional registry connections
- Go Daddy Operating Company LLC – 10 additional registry connections.