Staking your claim on the Web
How do I register and use my domain name?
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1 Decide on a domain name (which can be something other than your business name)
and a name space that best suits your needs. Check to see if you are eligible for the name.
Do this by researching the ICANN website, for a global domain name, or the auDA or AusRegistry
websites, for .au domain name information. This is important as different criteria apply for the
various types of domain space. You will also need to decide on the second level domain you ’d like
– this is the ‘.com ’or ‘.net ’part of the name.
2 Check if your chosen domain name is available –by checking the relevant WHOIS service
for .com.au, net.au, org.au, asn.au or id.au names use the AusRegistry WHOIS service,
for global domain names, check the WHOIS service(s) available through the ICANN website
If your chosen name is not available, look at other options, eg. acronyms, events, products or
services as included in the auDA guidelines.
3 Ensure your chosen domain name does not infringe someone else ’s rights, for example, a
trade mark either in Australia or major overseas markets you intend to target. You may be sued if it
does. IP Australia ’s trade mark database is at www.ipaustralia.gov.au/trademarks
4 Choose an auDA (or ICANN) Accredited Registrar or their reseller.
Both the auDA and AusRegistry websites provide a list of auDA accredited registrars. Any one of
these registrars can help you register your chosen .au domain name (or names)if available. Select
a registrar and follow their registration instructions. Service offerings, charges and terms and
conditions may vary from registrar to registrar, and should be considered carefully. The cost to
register varies depending on the term of the licence and the type of domain name chosen. You can
register a domain name for email use