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Australian domain names

Australian design prices

Australian prices are currently calculated at around 150% of the US fees to include GST. These prices are subject to change depending on exchange rate variations. Currently $AUD 1.00 = approx $USD 0.75 (May 2004).

Our affordable Australian website prices!

A four page sophisticated website design..... $249
One year's hosting & management            
(normally $264, over 40 per cent discount first year !)..... $150
Domain name registration (dot com) !............$0
Limited free updates !........... $0

Total cost: $A 399

The Website Package

(A four page sophisticated site design, plus a year’s management & hosting on the net, plus name registration, plus three hours free maintenance included!) $A 399

The Website Package includes the purchase of a .com, .biz, .info or .ws site name for a year. (Not a If you already own any type of site name, total package cost is just $375.

Site design only

Purchase a four page site design without the hosting, management, name and maintenance. $249

Add an additional web page

(price includes up to two photo scans and placements) $60

Additional supplied photo scan & placement

$20 (20 per cent discount for 10 or more photos)

Additional photo licence purchase from our stock library

(if relevant image available, price includes page placement) $20

Affordable additional work for package buyers

(graphic & writing services, design, logo design, animations, banners etc) $40 per hour
The minimum chargeable unit of time is 30 minutes ($20).

Second year's hosting & management

$264 (pa) (based on a rate of $22 per month)

Flash animations

Prices start from $280

Australian domain names (

Registering an Australian domain name is more expensive than registering a .com or other international name. It is also subject to much more stringent regulations — such as only being available to registered Australian businesses. However, there are advantages for companies which operate primarily within that country.

Information following may have changed since time of writing.

Info about domain names

  • Your domain name must be derived from your registered company, business or trading name (ie ABN, ACN, ARBN, RBN or Incorporated Association etc). Only registered commercial entities are eligible.
  • Abbreviations are permissable.
  • Only one domain name registration is generally allowed for each business entity or trading name listed against your business number.
  • Generic domain names like "" are no longer available (though some registrations made years ago still exist).
  • Australian place names are not allowable on their own.
  • Domain names can be up to 63 letters in length. Use only lower case letters and numbers and dashes.
  • The registration licence to use a name cannot be transferred to a third party.
  • Though it is possible for someone to apply for your domain name on your behalf, you must still be registered as the administrative contact.

Pros & cons of ".com" versus ""

  • Most of the best .com names are taken. More name possibilities are available under — your company name is most likely available.
  • Because of the strict rules governing the name, this type of name will usually be perceived within Australia as being more trustworthy than a .com one.
  • A .com name is much cheaper and easier to register.
  • A .com name is easier to remember (if you can get a good one).
  • A .com name is generally preferable if you intend to operate internationally or export.

Rules are subject to change, please check your registrar's site for accurate and up-to-date details.

Register with melbourneIT (for

Actual registration may vary from what appears below as at time of writing the company was undergoing structural change (in 2003). Their site will of course be up-to-date.

On scroll down to the link "Register your domain names with your ABN number".

An option is presented where you can first check that your chosen name is listed as a legal or trading name with an ABN via

After verifying this, click on the "Register" option at left which will take you to

Here, there is a domain name availability search engine for you to check your desired name.

If available, click the checkbox and click the "add to basket" button.

Check the box saying you understand and agree with conditions.

Click "Register Names in Secure Mode".

A secure page appears (you should see a padlock icon at base of page).
Fill in the relevant details. You will need your registered business name and number (eg your ABN or ACN).

You also need to have or create an "NIC handle" which is a sort of identity registration number. (Think of it as being like your phone number).

NIC = Network Information Centre. By having a unique NIC handle a J Smith in Sydney can have a different "handle" to J Smith in Brisbane. (Internet Names Worldwide (INWW) forwards registration applications to the Australian Network Information Centre (AUNIC) which in turn is managed by Telstra Internet.)

So, under the section "Licensee Contact Person" click on the "NIC Handle Creation Tool" to generate yourself a handle. You simply input your details and ABN. The site does the rest.

If your name is J Smith, you get a handle like: JS1234-AU. You also get a registry key number like: JS1234-AU|5678 which is like a password. Keep a safe record of these numbers, and input the handle into the text field. Hit the proceed button.

A page appears listing all your relevant details. Click the checkbox confirming that the details are correct, then "Continue Registration".

Finally, you arrive at the Payments page. By clicking the "Proceed" button, you can access methods of payment such as a 21 day invoice sent to your email address or an immediate online secure payment system.

That's it! You've registered your name!

Return to the Domain Names page.


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