[LINK] need for ABN for a .au domain?

David dlochrin at aussiebb.com.au
Tue Nov 8 16:55:18 AEDT 2022

Last time I spoke to netRegistry I understood the .com.au (and .au ?) domain was for commercial organisations ___only___ so an applicant needed an ABN or ACN to prove their status.  But '.org.au' was intended for non-profit organisations, social clubs, and so on.

However it may have something to do with the recent requirement to register all directorships which, as I understand it, applies not only to commercial entities but  directors of non-profits, societies & associations, etc.  (I wonder if the directors of a strata or community titled property are included?).

I guess there'll be all sorts of tightening up in many areas after the MediBank / AHM hack, especially if Labor substantially increases company fines to the point where they really hurt Director's bonuses and company profits.  It's about time too.

David Lochrin

On 6/11/22 09:17, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> Does anyone in the Link braintrust have any info about why AuDA is now requiring an ABN in order to register a .au domain of any sort (except id.au)?
> https://lawpath.com.au/blog/do-you-need-an-abn-to-register-a-domain-name
> Some domain registrars (at least one I know of) are now going back and requiring those who have had one for years to now pay $119 to make the addition of the ABN info.
> Is this a money grab by AuDA, the domain services, or a real need? Why this change for all but id.au domains? Is this a Tax Office regulation change?
> Jan
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