auDA donating $41,712 to help rebuild bushfire-affected communities

Posted by auDA on 11 March 2020

auDA is pleased to announce it will be donating $41,712 to help the recovery of Australian communities affected by the recent bushfires.

In January, as part of our response to the bushfire crisis we announced a donation of $1 for every .au domain name created in February 2020 to the Foundation for Regional & Rural Renewal’s (FRRR) Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund.

41,712 .au names were created in February.

The FRRR Disaster Resilience and Recovery Fund is an ongoing initiative providing funding for community-led projects in the 12-18 months after a disaster occurs and also helps rural communities better prepare for future disaster events.

“We’re extremely proud to support the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s work in helping the recovery of Australian communities directly affected by the recent fires. “FRRR’s community-led approach is one we strongly support and believe makes a real difference to affected communities,” said auDA CEO, Rosemary Sinclair AM.

“FRRR has been overwhelmed by the support we've received for bushfire recovery, and we're heartened by the increasing awareness and understanding of the need for long-term support to be available for affected communities,” said FRRR Partnerships and Services Manager, Sarah Matthee.

“I thank auDA and the Australian internet community for their generosity and know that fire-affected communities will be grateful, too.”

In January auDA also implemented a temporary Major Disaster Policy aimed at giving businesses, associations and individuals extra time to renew their domain names or respond to complaints while they were dealing with the immediate effects of the bushfires.

This policy was automatically applied to 8,620 eligible .au domain names based on the postcode listed in the registrant contact information.