I'm sure we are all familiar with the .com.au, .net.au and .org.au domain names, but what about the seldom-seen .id.au domain? Despite the fact they have been available since 1995, not many Australians seem too familiar with .id.au domain names.
Unlike more the more generic .com and .net domains, which can be registered by anyone, domains under Australias .au TLD have specific requirements that need to be met for registration. The .com.au domain is reserved for commercial enterprises only, and the .org.au extension can only be registered by charities operating in Australia.
For the rest of us, there's .id.au! The .id.au domain is purely for individuals and in order to keep it this way there are some limits to the type of name that can be chosen for an id.au domain name. Generic words are usually not permitted.
.id.au domains are perfect for a personal blog, family email addresses, setting up personal storage and cloud collaboration tools, recording your research online or just to keep an archive of cute cat pictures and selfies.
.id.au domain name selection guidelines and eligibility requirements follow
The id.au namespace is for individuals only. To be eligible for a domain name in the id.au namespace, registrants must:
Be an Australian citizen; or
Be an Australian resident
Domain names in the id.au namespace must:
exactly match the registrant's personal name; or
be an acronym or abbreviation of the registrant's personal name; or
be otherwise closely and substantially connected to the registrant, because the domain name:
is derived from one or more words of the registrant's personal name; or
includes one or more words of the registrant's personal name; or
is a personal name by which the registrant is known.