In this series, we review a range of common questions we receive regarding when it is appropriate to register for an ABN. Nearly a billion domains exist worldwide, and we often get asked what the necessities are for registering a domain.

Do you need an ABN to Register a Domain Name?

Your domain name is your website address on the internet and gives you an online identity or brand. In Australia all ‘.au’ domains are controlled by the Australian Domain Name Authority (auDA). According to auDA’s regulations,, and domains may only be registered to Australian sole traders, businesses or companies. This means that during the registration process, you will be asked to supply either an Australian Company Number (ACN) or an Australian Business Number (ABN).

For a .com domain you are not required to provide an ABN. However some people see the .au domain as a validation of your business, so that can make a difference to consumer confidence.

In summary, you need to apply for an ABN before registering for .au domains but not .com domains.

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Dominic Woolrych

Dominic is the CEO of LawPath, dedicating his days to making legal easier, faster and more accessible to businesses. Dominic is a recognised thought-leader in Australian legal disruption, and was recognised as a winner of the 2015 Australian Legal Innovation Index.