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Australian domain names are now available without com or net suffix

From March 24, companies will be able to add just the .au extension to their Australian domain names.

What is referred to as “second level” .au domain names can be registered directly with the AU Domain Administration (AUDA), the nation’s governing body for domain names.

Companies that already have a third-level domain name – such as – will be able to apply for priority status in order to register an exact match on the .au direct registry during the next six months.

The .au domain names are available to any person or organisation that has an Australian presence. Second-level .au names were not previously available in Australia, where options were limited to either or

“We heard from more than 97,000 people, the overwhelming majority of whom were in favour of the introduction of short, simple, distinctly local domain names,” AUDA CEO, Rosemary Sinclair, told The Guardian.

The AUDA says an online tool will be made available to allow parties to determine their eligibility for a second-level domain name.

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