Self Assessment

Eligibility guide and policy summary


The following is provided as an example of the current standard policies and procedures used by the registrar in assessing new applications for domain names. The result of this self-assessment form does not guarantee that an application will be either approved or rejected and should be used as a guide only. To the extent of any inconsistency between this guide and the published policies, the published policies takes precedence. If you are unsure of how to apply the below questions or the published policies to the circumstances of your organisation please feel free to contact our support team for assistance.

Question 1: Eligibility Category

Which of the following categories best describes your organisation?

Policies and Procedures

The options presented for this question relate directly to the types of organisations that can be considered to be eligible to register a domain name as per policy 2015-01. This policy also includes the associated criteria for each which are used by the registrar in determining whether an organisation is a recognised education or training provider under these categories. These will be covered in subsequent questions.

Click [here] to view policy 2015-01 in full.

Question 2: Eligibility Criteria

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Question 3: Eligibility Scope

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Result: Please answer all questions above.

When selecting your domain name please consider:
Your domain name must have a connection to your organisation
Connection can be shown through either:

a) Referring to the legal name of your organisation or a business or trading name which your organisation is actively trading under. The domain can be an exact match or be considered close and substantial through the use of an acronym or abbreviation; or

b) By having a semantic relationship to an educational project or program for which your organisation is the owner or principal administrator.
The extension must reflect the operations of your organisation
Domain names registered at the third level using the extension (e.g. [third-level] are for organisations that have national interests and responsibilities, or are both accredited to and delivering education or training in more than one state or territory within Australia.

Organisations based in a single state or territory must register their domain name at the fourth level using the corresponding extension to reflect this (e.g. [forth-level], [forth-level], [forth-level]

A number of jurisdiction specific / restricted extensions also exist: - for the QLD Department of Education, Training and Employment - for the NSW Department of Education & Communities - organisations within the Catholic education system
Your domain name must be at least two (2) characters long
Single character domain names (e.g. ) cannot be registered.
Your domain name can contain letters (a-z), numbers (0-9) and hyphens (-)
Please note that due to technical contraints within the domain name system, it is not possible to use hyphens in both the third and fourth character positions (e.g. cannot be registered).
Your domain name must start and end with a letter (a-z) or a number (0-9)
.e.g.,, cannot be registered.
Your domain must not comprise generic education or training terms alone
Terms commonly used across the education and training sectors cannot feature alone as a domain name. This is to prevent one organisation from gaining an unreasonable advantage over other organisations which may offer the same or similar services (e.g.,, cannot be registered).

Applications may be approved where the proposed domain name is comprised of generic words in combination with non-generic words to meet the above principle (e.g. cannot be registered but could be approved subject to meeting other eligibility requirements).
Your domain must not be a personal name
Names which constitute the title of an educational institution are not regarded as personal names in this context (e.g. 'Edith Cowan University').
Your domain must not express a value judgment or political statement
A value judgment is considered to be any statement deemed to be assessing the worth, quality or standard of something or someone (e.g.

A political statement is considered to be any statement deemed to be intended to influence a decision to be made for or by a political party, or have political implications (e.g.
Your domain must not contain obscene or offensive language
This includes language, terms and phrases otherwise deemed as being likely to compromise the reputation of the domain.
For full details on the composition criteria, policy 2015-01[here].