Australia’s ccTLD Reaches 3 Million Registrations

The Australian ccTLD, .au, has reached the three million registrations milestone today (24 July) putting it easily within the top ten ccTLDs.On average, each million registrations from one to two to three million registrations have taken place every four years with the one millionth registration reached in November 2007 and the two millionth in March 2011.To mark the milestone, AusRegistry and auDA have put together the following statistics on .au domains:

  • In June 2015, AusRegistry processed 41.2 billion DNS queries for .au domain names. This averages to approximately 1.4 billion DNS queries per day in the .au zone.
  • The average length of a .au domain name is 10 to 13 characters. More than 38,000 .au domains are 28 characters or more long, with four domain names recording the maximum length allowable at 63 characters.
  • Almost 40 percent of all .au domain names have been registered for between two to six years. Seven percent have been registered for more than 10 years.
  • Approximately 86 percent of all .au domain names are registered under
  • New South Wales accounts for the largest number of .au registrations (1 million), followed by Victoria (800,000) and Queensland (600,000).
  • .au domain name registrations grew at a rate of six percent over the past 12 months.
  • Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) is now available for .au domain names, which is a security extension that facilitates the digital signing of Internet communications, helping to ensure the integrity and authenticity of transmitted data.

The largest ccTLD is .tk (Tokelau) with its largely free registrations and over 25 million domain names registered. The largest ccTLD with its registrations paid for is .de (Germany) soon to pass the 16 million mark. And of course, the largest TLD is .com which is closing in on 118 million registrations.”Australian businesses and consumers have confidence in .au domain names because they’re the best way to identify yourself as a trusted Australian source online,” said Chris Disspain, CEO of .au Domain Administration (auDA).”The .au domain name is Australia’s home on the Internet. It’s a safe, trusted and reputable corner of the web and Australians know it. That’s why more and more people and companies are gravitating towards .au names that allow us to shop, live, work and play online with confidence.”The .au namespace has been ably supported by AusRegistry, the technical registry provider for the .au namespace and the official .au Registrars who provide the retail channel.”Adrian Kinderis, CEO of AusRegistry, said the technology behind .au has helped position it as one of the most trusted locations on the web.”The significant investment we have made in the infrastructure and stability of the .au Registry has produced a robust and secure platform that is recognised for its best-of-breed architecture. This is one of the reasons .au has achieved 100 percent uptime throughout our tenure,” Kinderis said.”Our sole purpose is to ensure the .au Registry flawlessly performs its role as a mission-critical, essential service infrastructure asset for Australia’s digital economy.”