Important Industry Information: Changes to Eligibility for Not-for-profits

1 May 2021 12:00 am Australia/Hobart

    A new set of rules for domain names came into effect as of 12 April 2021, for all new registrations. For existing domain names the new rules commence when the current license period expires. If your organisation has a website domain name with at the end, it will need to be aware of these changes, in case it is affected. 

    The new rules specify an expanded set of 11 categories of not-for-profit entities that are eligible for an domain name, including incorporated associations, public companies limited by guarantee, non-distributing co-operatives, indigenous corporations, registered organizations (such as trade unions), charitable trusts, non-trading cooperatives, public or private ancillary funds, unincorporated associations registered with ACNC, political parties, and Government statutory agencies. Critically, if you have registered your domain name on the basis of being a sporting or special interest club, and your organisation is structured as an unincorporated association, you may no longer be eligible to register or renew your organisation’s name in unless it is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC). Read the auDA Fact Sheet to find out more.