I need a help with .com.au domain registration. I live in EU, so I’m not a citizen of Australia. In case to register this address, I need an Australian business number (ABN). I’m going to develop a simple website (without any kind of sales) and monetize it with Google Adsense. So, is it possible to get an ABN for a website like that and register .com.au address?


To get an ABN without having an Australian tax file number (TFN), you must provide:

proof of identity documents and a statement of your business activities in Australia.

ABN for businesses outside Australia - Australian Business Register

So if you are not living in Australia, not an Australian citizen and not running a business in Australia, you are out of luck in getting a .com.au domain.

  • Then maybe you know is there is a possibility of third party service for registration? – MKX Dec 4 '18 at 21:40
  • @MykolasK I don't know of any personally. There may or may not be a viable loophole. – Maximillian Laumeister Dec 4 '18 at 21:44
  • They are very strict on the .com.au registration. I'm from Australian and my sister had one for her shop, and it was still a pita for her to get it sorted out. – Bronwyn V Dec 9 '18 at 22:48

A foreign company can register a .com.au in Australia if it has eligibility. One way to obtain the right to apply for a .com.au is to obtain a trade mark. Once you file for the trade mark application you can apply for the domain name.


No, you are basically trying to get around registry policies as you are not eligible plain and simple.

The registry website at https://www.auda.org.au/industry-information/au-domains/ states for com.au:

For commercial entities, such as companies (with ACN as registered through ASIC), and businesses (registered with state governments).

You are neither a commercial entity nor a business based on your description, so you are not eligible to get a com.au.

If you really want it, you will need to ask someone else, that is eligible, to register it on your behalf. With a lot of caveats on that operation, besides the cost. This is basically called a "proxy" service and is allowed or not, depending on the TLD. Many registrars provide this service, so contact your trusted one and ask him what he offers for .com.au domains. Any question like yours should start at a registrar. Or you can also ask the registry directly and state your case. But most of the time any competent registrar should be able to give you a tailored answer based on your specific situation.

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