.AU Domains Now Available through OpenSRS

As of today, you can add .au domains to the ever-growing list of ccTLDs available through OpenSRS.

We thought about doing a typical blog post full of Australian references to things we think go on “Down Under” – like putting another shrimp on the barbie, Paul Hogan (aka Crocodile Dundee), lots of happy kangaroos and koala bears, a big can of Fosters and a warning about some common toad that can kill a grown man with it’s skin. But, of course, we didn’t want to risk offending our Australian friends.

As igloo-dwelling, beer drinking, Canadians protected by red-suited Mounties on horseback who say “eh” and apologize constantly, we’ll instead just point out that Australia is a large country with a well-connected population of about 22.5 million people.

With more than 8 million Australians online and a total of 1,676,068 .au domains registered (as of March 2010), you can see there is still plenty of opportunity.

There are a few things you should research before you start selling .au domains. Consult the documentation and domains policies page to ensure that you are up-to-speed on the various policies and regulations around who can buy which of the different extensions.

You should also visit our .au marketing page to learn more about the various .au second-level domains and other information to help you position and sell .au to your customers.

.au domains are $20USD for a two-year registration through OpenSRS and you’ll be enabled to sell them automatically in your Reseller Account. Those using OpenSRS Storefront are also able to sell .au domains as of today. If you use Storefront, .au has automatically been enabled at a selling price of $23USD for a two-year registration. Of course, you are free to enable or disable .au domains and set your own pricing.


22 thoughts on “.AU Domains Now Available through OpenSRS

  1. Thats great news I am definitely going to have our guys look at your service. Would be nice to have all the registrations services in one place. One thing though… Not many Aussies drink Fosters compared to the other available beers. Did you know the Fosters in North America is made by Molsens in Canada. So its really a local beer for you ;)

  2. @Antony, I didn’t know that… I guess Molson’s done a pretty good job convincing us Canadians that Fosters is Australian for beer. :) Out of curiosity, what’s your favourite brand of beer (I’m assuming that you’re Australian of course)?

  3. Hi Ben. Can I assume that the transfer rules that apply in Australia exist here as well? That is $zero cost to transfer if >90 days to expiry; first payment then at normal expiry date.
    In the beer competition I drink Cascade Light.

  4. I just tried to do a transfer, and you want $20. Surely a transfer is FREE whether it’s within 90 days or not; given that “years” cannot be added?????

    Also, you told me in 2008 “due to the confirmation requirements, there is no easy way to bulk transfer domains”. In the nicest and friendliest possible way, this seems silly.
    One domain at a time?

    Amazing that you haven’t invested the development time in creating a tool for this. How long would it take? You just need to create a form which includes the same script repeated multiple times. How hard is that?

    I am sure me and other readers of this blog would be happy to do it for you for a a fww cases of Fosters (it would make me nostalgic for the 70s).

    Again, friendly feedback.

    Thank you gaining this accreditation!!!!!!!


  5. I think you may have some difficulty with your auDA accreditation James if you cannot implement the transfer procedure I indicated above.

    See http://www.auda.org.au/policies/auda-2003-03/
    Transfers (Change of Registrar of Record) Policy (2003-03)
    3.1 d) under no circumstances may a gaining or losing registrar impose a transfer fee on the registrant, or any fee that could reasonably be construed as a transfer fee.

    I hope you get it sorted; I have some domains I want to transfer in.

  6. Hi folks. auDA’s published policies do indeed mandate no fee be charged, so you shouldn’t have to pay to move names in. We will rectify this shortly.

    Sorry for the mix-up.



  7. I had a customer transfer in a .net.au domain (to the expected cost of $~20); it transferred but the expiration didn’t get extended out. I’m guessing this is because .au limits registrations to 2 years. Should I be raising my hand for the “shouldn’t have to pay to move names in” issue?

  8. I guess the transfer in was before the 90 day renewal period Patrick.

    See http://www.auda.org.au/policies/auda-2010-01/
    Domain Renewal, Expiry and Deletion Policy (2010-01)
    5.1 Domain names may be renewed a maximum of 90 calendar days before the expiry date, and … when the domain name is renewed, the new expiry date is automatically set to 2 years from the previous expiry date.

  9. i had two .au transfers (one being transferred one gone thru) being charged
    the 20 dollars the transfer was done with the domain having over 90 days left therefor it’s not a renewal

  10. Which is illegal by auDA Transfer Policy Michael, as indicated in my post above (September 24, 2010 at 10:26 PM).

  11. Hey all. We need a few more days to report back on a timeline to correct the billing related issue related to transfers in. In the meantime, we’re issuing credits to reseller accounts where applicable. Sorry about that!

  12. Ahh, I think I really blew it this time.

    I thought I would attempt a transfer of an au domain that had less than 90 days to expiry, just to see what would happen ie. whether the $20 paid would be applied as a renewal fee & extend the expiry date by 2 years; the transfer 48 hour time period ended about 12 hours ago.

    It appears this domain has finished up in limbo land; the Whois record shows the Registrar as Tucows, all the details are still those of the previous registrar, the RWI shows the transfer as still pending Registry approval & attempts to login to the Manage Domain Interface are rejected, so I cannot check the “new” expiry date anyway.

  13. Ian the transfer order has since synced up and the domain shows in your reseller account now. Full details are on the support ticket you opened (thanks for that). Let me know, on ticket, if you need further assistance with this. Cheers.

  14. Thanks Feisal. I was a bit early with my post above.

    For those interested, the OpenSRS system works well for an au transfer done within the less than 90 to expiry period, and the $20 paid is used as a renewal fee, thus extending the expiry date by 2 years.

  15. Hi, I’m after some prices for AU domains. I can see that the com.au is $20 for 2 years, but what about the other AU domains. The org.au is generally considerably cheaper but I can’t seem to find a price list anywhere (that doesn’t mean that it’s not right in front of my face though, lol).

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