To register a domain name:
A registrar can provide you with a domain name. auDA, the Australian Domain Name Authority, provide an auDA accredited list of Australian registrars – this is a great place to find and then compare features of what each registrar offers.
How to register a edu.au domain name
Education Services Australia (ESA) is a registrar that is accredited by auDA. ESA are different to their counterparts as they provide the opportunity to request registration of .edu.au domain names through http://www.domainname.edu.au/ Please note that they are currently undergoing a site update and have closed off the request an edu.au domain name (till 21 March 2011).
If you really want the nitty gritty bureaucratic structure: “auDA has delegated responsibility for .edu.au to the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee (AICTEC), a cross-sectoral, national committee responsible for providing advice to the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) on the economic and effective utilisation of online technologies in Australian education and training. AICTEC has in turn delegated .edu.au policy authority to a subcommittee, the .edu.au Domain Administration Committee (eDAC)” Source: http://www.domainname.edu.au/registrar/faq
Are you eligible for an edu.au domain?
The edu.au domain is intended for recognised Australian education and training entities. The edu.au Eligibility Policy is a good way to find out if you are eligible or not.
Information you will need to provide?
At the time of requesting a edu.au domain, you need to provide information about the entity, for example the name and type of education and training institution, the education id (not always an easy number to find) and the Australian Business Number (ABN). You will also need to provide contact information, both technical and administrative contacts as well as how the domain name relates to your business. To find out what you are not able to register, refer to “Rejection List”
Additional Handy Info:
– the cost of an edu.au domain name is $110, for two years
– approval takes ten working days, or more during peak periods (see: http://www.domainname.edu.au/registrar/faq#10)
Have you registered a different type of domain name?
If you have registered an alternate domain name, I would be interested in knowing how you did it – for example bit.ly; magic.al; nongov.org.au