Reviews of auDA

auDA is committed to continuous improvement. We regularly review our processes, governance and organisation.

Commonwealth Government Review of Australia's .au Domain Management 2017

In October 2017, the Department of Communications and the Arts announced a review into the management of the .au domain space to examine and make reviews on:

  • the most appropriate framework for the management of the .au top level domain 
  • how to ensure that Government and community expectations inform auDA’s operation and decision-making, and 
  • mitigation strategies to address future risks to the security and stability of .au. 

As the governance arrangements around the .au domain space had not been reviewed since the Commonwealth Government's endorsement of auDA in 2000, in addition to the substantial changes in the digital environment in the intervening 17 years, auDA welcomed the review to ensure the organisation is fit-for-purpose now and into the future. auDA provided a submission to the review, with the Department of Communications and the Arts due to report in early-2018.

Cameron Ralph Khoury Governance Reviews

In October 2016, the auDA Board approved a Governance Report prepared by Cameron Ralph Khoury which included 16 recommendations. Significant progress has made towards implementing these recommendations including:

  • Board Strategic Retreat in February 2017
  • Development of Board and Management Delegations Manual
  • Board Professional Development (AICD workshop)
  • Development of Member Code of Conduct
  • Continual implementation of ASX Good Governance Principles

In May 2017, the auDA Board commissioned Cameron Ralph Khoury to assist with five governance projects stemming from recommendations of the 2016 Governance Review:

  • Conduct Board Evaluation
  • Develop Board Skills Matrix
  • Develop Board Charter and Code of Conduct
  • Review suite of Board policies
  • Reform Accountability and Transparency Framework

The Board and management are committed to continually improving the governance of auDA and ensuring the organisation is implementing best practice governance principles. The five strategic governance projects currently being undertaken will be extensive and in depth. The Board evaluation will be conducted over three months and include self-assessment questionnaires, Director and Executive interviews, 360-degree feedback as well as observation of three Board meetings.

These projects are still underway and the outcomes of these governance projects will be made publicly available on the website.

auDA Reviews (2011–present)

Department of Communications and the Arts Review of Australia's .au Domain Management

Cameron Ralph Report 2016

Accountability and Transparency Framework - in review

.au Governance Review 2011

auDA Foundation Review 2011