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Type: Privately Held
Industry: Registry
Founded: Melbourne, Australia, 2000
Founder(s): Adrian Kinderis
Ownership: AusRegistry Group
Headquarters: Level 8 10 Queens Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004[1]
Country: Australia
Businesses: ARI Registry Services, International Division
Employees: 80+
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@AusRegistry_au
Key People
Adrian Kinderis, CEO

AusRegistry is the registry operator and wholesale provider for all commercial Australian domains (.au), including and, as well as non-commercial Australian domain names, like and [2] It was the first commercial Internet registry in Australia.[3] Its international division, AusRegistry International, was rebranded as ARI Registry Services in 2011.


AusRegistry was founded in 2000 and has its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia; it was initially founded under the name RegistrarsAsia Pty Ltd. (now AusRegistry Group Pty Ltd.).[4] AusRegistry Pty Ltd. is a subsidiary of the AusRegistry Group Pty Ltd. which was founded in December, 2001.

AusRegistry secured a four year contract to operate the domain name registry for auDA, the .au ccTLD manager, in 2002. A second four year period was obtained in 2005, with the contract beginning in June of 2006. The .au Registry Licence Agreement that auDA has with AusRegistry was subsequently extended until 2014[5], which both parties announced in February, 2009.

Given that AusRegistry manages all SLDs in Australia, is involved with the ccTLD itself, and the IT infrastructure for primary name and WhoIs servers within the .au namespace, it effectively runs much of the Internet in Australia. auDA and AusRegistry acknowledged the important roles they both play in promoting the Internet in Australia when the .au registration number hit 2 million in March, 2011.[6]

International Development and Expansion

AusRegistry's International subsidiary, ARI Registry Services, has provided registry services and consultation for a number of ccTLDs, and IDNs, and has been asserting itself in the new gTLD space as well.

International Division

AusRegistry Pty Group's International subsidiary, AusRegistry International, rebranded itself as of October, 2011 to ARI Registry Services. The move was made to enhance its image abroad, and dispel the preoccupations that working with an Australian company meant uncertainty and risks for a non-Australian organization. Along with the rebranding annoucnement, ARI also announced that it would be the first registry to offer its customers the choice between two primary locations for the operation of a TLD registry. Establishing its location outside of Australia involved deploying registry infrastructure and resources to the United States.[7] Prior to the move, ARI already had an office in the United States, and clients on 4 continents; still, the AUS prefix was not amenable to global expansion and recognition.[8]

New gTLDs

Information on AusRegistry's new gTLD services can be found on the page of its international subsidiary, ARI Registry Services.

Interesting Facts about AusRegistry

AusRegistry, under contract to the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator, a statutory authority founded to manage the Australian Government's Renewable Energy Act of 2000[9], is the operator of the Renewable Energy Certificates Registry.[10]

On October 10th, 2010, AusRegistry reported that there were currently over 1.8 million .au domains registered, and over 1.6 million domains registered. The total number of .au and registered domains grew constantly since 2008 by about 300,000 new domains each year.[11] They hit the 2 million mark in March, 2011.[12]

Awards and Achievements

  • 2002 Australian IT&T award
  • 2003 MYOB/Telstra Victorian Government Small Business Award
  • AusRegistry was the first registry in the world to fully implement, and go live with the EPP Protocol.[13]


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