What are the timings?
The new rules came into effect on 12 April 2021. All .au domain names registered or renewed on or after this date are subject to the new licensing rules. If you renewed your domain name licence before 12 April 2021, the previous rules will apply until your current licence expires.
Why the change?
The main reason for the change is to help create trust and confidence in the .au domain names. With this change, the relationship between the domain name and the foreign holder of an Australian trade mark will be made clearer.
Important to note
Local businesses typically use an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Australian Company Number (ACN) to meet the Australian presence test and are unlikely to impacted by this change.
Remember this change only applies if you rely on an Australian trade mark, or apply to meet the Australian presence requirement for a com.au or net.au domain name and the .au domain name is not an exact match to your trade mark.