Same here in Australia.
All jokes about the Great Australian Firewall aside, domain registration is the same here.
Effectively, if you don't register the name as a business, it ain't gonna happen.
What's worse, you need to submit three names, of which *they* pick the "best".
Worse still, this entire process takes some time. Forget about getting it right now.
Or, you can submit a US entry, if it isn't already taken, you pay for it via Credit Card, and it's valid within 24 hours. Wham bam thank you ma'am, that's how it's done.
Say what you want about the yanks, they know how to run a business.