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Domain Name Registration Issues

Can I rely on my Registered Business Name alone to register a or domain name?

As of 28 May 2012, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) set up a new national register, which replaced the existing eight state and territory registers, simplifying business names registration in Australia by offering a single national service.

This means that new business names registered after the 28 May 2012 will no longer have a state-based business number (i.e. VIC BN1234567).

auDA’s position is that it is acceptable for the registrant of a or domain name to rely on their Registered Business Name alone, without having to provide any other identifier such as an ABN or ACN. In this case, the Registrant and Eligibility Type and ID fields in the registry database can be left blank. The registrant name must be the legal entity (individual or company) holding that Registered Business Name, as shown on the ASIC Business Name Register.

To use an example – Kris Kringle owns a registered business called “Santa Toys”, and he wants to register “”. He wants to use his Registered Business Name as eligibility, and not his sole trader ABN or his company ACN. Since he registered his business name after 28 May 2012, his registered business name does not have an associated number.

In the new Business Name Register, the Business Name Summary reflects the following information*:

Business name: Santa Toys
Status: Registered
Registration date: 25/12/2012
Renewal date: 25/12/2015
Cancelled date:
Cancellation under review:
Address for service of documents: 10 Rudolph Ave, Santa Village VIC 3000
Principal place of business: Santa Village, VIC 3000
Holder(s) details: Holder Name: Kris Kringle
Holder Type: Person
ABN: 12 345 678 910
Former State/Territory registration details

*Example only

The domain name record should reflect this:

Domain Name:
Registrant Name: Kris Kringle
Registrant ID Type & ID: Optional (can be left blank)
Eligibility Type: Registered Business
Eligibility Name: Santa Toys
Eligibility ID Type & ID: Optional (can be left blank)

To register a or, please contact one of auDA’s Accredited Registrars at for more information.

What are my obligations as a registrant?

At a minimum, registrants must keep their contact details up-to-date during the term of their domain name licence.  Registrants must also comply with all applicable auDA Published Policies.

For a copy of the full terms and conditions of your domain name licence, see your registrar of record.

How do I delegate/redelegate my domain name?

Your registrar or reseller is able to assist you with this.

How do I transfer to another registrar?

You can choose to transfer to another registrar at any time during the time you hold your domain name licence.  For more information see auDA’s Transfers (Change of Registrar of Record) Policy.

How do I recover my domain name password?

Your registrar or reseller is able to assist you to recover your domain name password.  To recover your domain name password please use the password recovery tool.  For more information see auDA’s Domain Name Password Policy.

How do I delete a domain name?

If you no longer want your domain name, you can ask your registrar of record to delete it for you.  Your domain name will be held in “pending delete” status for 3 days, and will then be immediately dropped from the registry.

How do I find out registrant details on an existing .au domain name?

Use the public WHOIS search.

Can I transfer my domain name to another entity?

Yes, provided you are the current registrant of the domain name, and the other entity is eligible to hold the domain name under normal eligibility and allocation rules for .au domain names.  See auDA’s Transfers (Change of Registrant) Policy (2011-03).