There is a new category of domain names in Australia. These shorter and simpler domain names will end in .au rather than .com.au, .net.au, or .org.au. Since March 2022, Australian businesses, associations, or individuals have been able to register for this new category of domain name. All Australian businesses will have until 20 September to reserve their .au equivalent domain name, at which time, it becomes available to the general public.
This change can create a risk for business, with cybercriminals able to register your .au domain name in an attempt to impersonate your business and conduct fraudulent cyber activities.
To help protect your business from cybercriminals, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) recommends that all Australian businesses with existing domain names register their .au equivalents before 20 September 2022. The domain does not have to be used, but by reserving the domain, it will prevent cybercriminals from impersonating your business.
To reserve your .au domain go to The Priority Allocation Process website.