What is a Community Geographic Domain Name (CGDN)?

An easy-to-remember locality based website address which includes the locality name and the state, for example: www.koonwarra.vic.au or www.kenilworth.qld.au. It provides an easy way for your community to be found on the Internet.

What does a CGDN licence cost?

A two year licence fee will cost $45 (inc GST). For more details see How to Register a CGDN.

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. See Policy 3b.

How long is the CGDN licence for?

The licence period is 2 years. See Policy 3a.

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 organisations who can't afford their own website or web presence

  • A CGDN community website is one that truly represents your community

  • Provides a communication tool to help strengthen your community business and tourism and most sites become the online version of the community noticeboard

  • Provides a "community of communities" that can learn from and 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 2a.

Can a community group apply for more than one CGDN licence?

The community group must meet the eligibility criteria for each domain name.  However, the fee applies for each domain name licence registered. See Policy 2c.

How can I encourage/promote the CGDN initiative to my community?

There are a variety of ideas, templates and presentations in the Consulting the Community section of the How to Kit on the CGDN website that you can utilise to help engage your community to get involved with the website.

What type of community support evidence is required?

The type of evidence required will depend on the size and nature of the community. However, a letter from your council supporting your organisation as representative of the community to manage the CGDN website would be sufficient. See Policy 2a Guideline2a)ii