Which Domain Is Best

The best way to determine which type of domain name is best for your website, is to think about who your target audience is and the actual purpose of the domain.
Your choice of domain name should be a marketing decision or to portray identity, especially if you run a business. Your choice of domain should be simple, easy to remember and not too long.

If you run a business within Australia, it is recommended you purchase a .au domain name. The '.au' extension indicates that you are based in Australia.
One particular advantage is that you will be listed in search engines when users search for 'Australian only' sites.

.com.au / .net.au

To be eligible for a com.au or net.au domain name, registrants must be:
  • An Australian registered company; or
  • Trading under a registered business name in any Australian State or Territory; or
  • An Australian partnership or sole trader;
  • A foreign company licensed to trade in Australia; or
  • An owner of an Australian Registered Trade Mark; or
  • An applicant for an Australian Registered Trade Mark 1 ; or
  • An association incorporated in any Australian State or Territory; or
  • An Australian commercial statutory body.

If I am not eligible for a com.au domain name what choices do I have?

There may be another Australian domain name (for example asn.au, org.au or gov.au) that is more appropriate for your organisation.
Otherwise, you can select a domain name that is not subject to allocation policies. 
For example, you can register a domain name ending in .com, .net .org, .info, or .biz, which can be registered by any organisation or individual anywhere in the world.

.org.au

To be eligible for a org.au domain name, registrants must be:
  • A charity operating in Australia, as defined in the registrant's constitution or other documents of incorporation; or
  • A non-profit organisation operating in Australia, as defined in the registrant's constitution or other documents of incorporation.

.id.au

To be eligible for an id.au domain name, registrants must be:
  • An Australian citizen; or
  • An Australian resident.

.asn.au

To be eligible for a asn.au domain name, registrants must be:

  • An association incorporated in any Australian State or Territory; or 
  • A political party registered with the Australian Electoral Commission; or 
  • A trade union or other organisation registered under the Workplace Relations Act 1996; or 
  • A sporting or special interest club operating in Australia

.com / .net

Can be registered by any business or individual without restriction. Can be used for:

  • Generic websites.

.org

Can be registered by any business or individual without restriction. Can be used to:

  • Indicate an organisation website.

.biz

Can be registered by any business or individual without restriction. Can be used to:

  • Indicate a business or corporate website.

.info

Can be registered by any business or individual without restriction. Can be used to:

  • Indicate an informational website.

 

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