Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to register getyour.au – are you ready to grab yours?
It’s taken a fair bit longer than an episode of Midsomer Murders to get .AU Direct ready to launch, and admittedly at the last minute a couple of quirks have been announced, but no matter! We’re excited for the Australian name-space to be opened up to direct registrations – ie. getyour.au – where you don’t have to rely on a .com.au/.net.au variant any longer (if you don’t want to). If you hold an Australian domain already, odds are you’re eligible to secure your .AU. Please read on to make sure you’re across how it all ties in together – if you need help, our crew’s here for you.
We’ve made .AU Direct Registrations available at the same price as .com.au/etc – no sneaky fees at all.
Some of the largest registrars in Australia have opted to not offer .AU Direct Registrations due to the workload involved in making it available, whereas we’ve focused on ensuring you’re able to secure your .AU from the earliest moment. Our regular pricing structure applies, which we’ve had in-place for years now. We don’t make a hefty margin on domains, rather we ensure our clients get all the features for a simple and low cost.
With every nifty process, there’s a new set of procedures to be followed. Here goes.
Depending on when you registered your existing Domain Name (ie. com.au), you’ll fall into 1 of 2 categories. Whether there’s another matching registration of the same name (ie. you own cheese.com.au, and someone else owns cheese.net.au) it’s known as a Multiple Contested Domain.
Priority Category 1 domain holders have priority over Category 2. If you registered your existing Domain Name on or before the 4th of February 2018, you’re in Category 1. If it was after this date, you’re in Category 2. NOTE: Other matching Domain Name holders play into your eligiblity.
To clear up the muddy water, type your Domain Name in here to see its current status: https://www.auda.org.au/tools/priority-status-tool
From there, if it confirms that you’re already able to secure your matching .AU domain, get your Token: https://priority.auda.org.au
Protect your brand while doubling down on your Australian passion. Visitors trust .AU, you should too!
You know the feeling – browsing around the Internet trying to find a business to buy something meaningful, and it becomes tricky to cut through the fog of micro-businesses, drop-shippers and “dodgy sites”. One of the most distinctive assets these websites can show you is an Australian domain name. Why is it such a trust factor for us Aussies though? .AU is the only ccTLD (Country-code Top Level Domain) which ties each and every Domain Name back to a legal entity, meaning you KNOW that an Australian Domain Name belongs to someone/some-business in Oz.
This seems like a good time to mention our Domain Name – which is not using an Australian domain name! We’re in the industry of Domains and Hosting, and it’s important to us that newTLDs (like .host) continue to make an appearance. https://leopardhost.com.au (& soon leopardhost.au!) gets you here too.
It’s worth checking the auDA Priority Status Tool and jumping into my.LEOPARD to secure a .AU Domain (or few). Need a hand? Give us a holler!
NOTE: Afilias (the .AU registry operator) has advised that they’re behind time with an issue. This means while you’ll be able to register .AU Domains from 1pm on the 24th of March 2022, DNS won’t function until they’ve manually created the root DNS zone, which they’ll batch process several times a week (until they’ve fixed the problem). This is slightly awkward and we do apologise, however it’s beyond every registrar’s control.