About CGDNs

Geographical website addresses are available for every suburb and town in Australia (except capital cities).

What is a Community Geographic Domain Name (CGDN)?

An easy-to-remember, intuitive, locality based website address which combines your town or suburb's name with your state or territory, for example: www.koonwarra.vic.au, www.kenilworth.qld.au

To see all current CGDN websites click here.

See Policy 1 for more details.

What can the CGDN licence be used for?

The licence is solely for the purpose of operating a community website developed for the benefit of the entire local community. The website should include all interests within the local community. As a guideline, website content should include but not be limited to: community events, local business directory, community directory, general information about the community, local news and a community feedback facility. See Policy 3 for more details.

What are the benefits of a CGDN?

  • It is the easiest way for your community to be found on the Internet through the website address itself

  • Allows community and business organisations who can't afford their own website a web presence

  • A CGDN community website is one that truly represents your community due to the Policy Rules and Guidelines in place to preserve the names for use by the relevant community

  • Provides a communication tool to help foster and develop stronger communities by promoting local economic activity and participation in social, cultural, learning and civic activities

  • Provides a "community of communities" that can share experiences and the ability to communicate with each other.

Who can apply for a CGDN?

Any community group which is a not-for-profit legal entity or a special committee of local council and broadly representative of the local community. See Policy 2 for more details.

What does a CGDN licence cost?

CGDN registrar Discount Domain Name Services currently charges $45 (including GST) for a two year licence fee, after your licence application is approved by .au Domain Administration (auDA).  Go to the Registering your CGDN page for more details.

What other support is available to CGDN groups?

In addition to helping community groups gather and develop all the necessary eligibility requirements for a successful application, they also provide at no cost:

  • Promotion of their community website and any ongoing initiatives, via the media, CGDN website and updates to the subscribers of CGDN news

  • An online 'how to kit' – including information/assistance on forming a community website group, forming a not-for-profit organisation, website development, community consultation, website launch and marketing, and sustainability. Click here for more details