auDA accepts Secondary Market Working Group's recommendations

Posted by Jo Lim on 5 September 2011

auDA has accepted the recommendations of the Secondary Market Working Group regarding the operation of the .au secondary market, as follows:


  • auDA should:

  1. mandate a registrant transfer process, along the lines of the registrar transfer process; and

  2. publish information for registrants about the registrant transfer process, including the fact that they can choose to transfer their domain name to another registrar prior to processing a change of registrant.

  • The six month prohibition on registrant transfers should be removed.

  • auDA should provide more information to the public about drop catching services, including clearly identifying the registrars that provide these services.

  • AusRegistry should clarify its process for changing the Registry Usage Policy, including timing of changes and communications with registrars. 

  • auDA should publish a policy which:

  1. clarifies that connection sharing between related registrars requires auDA’s prior written consent; and

  2. specifically prohibits connection sharing between unrelated registrars.

  • AusRegistry should publish a document that provides general information about drop catching to all registrars.

auDA thanked the Working Group for its efforts.

Implementation of the recommendations relating to auDA will occur over the next few months, alongside the recommendations of the 2010 Names Policy Panel. Further details will be announced in due course.

The Working Group released an Issues Paper for public comment in May 2011. More information about the Working Group is available here.