auDA signs agreement with ICANN

Posted by Jo Lim on 30 October 2001

Melbourne 30 October 2001 - auDA has signed an Agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to formalise the transfer of delegation for the .au country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD).

"This is a significant milestone for Australia's Internet users and for the global Internet community," said auDA CEO, Chris Disspain.

"We are pleased to have signed an agreement with ICANN, and are committed to our role in ICANN's larger mandate of coordinating global Internet stability. We look forward to working together with the ccTLD constituency to ensure that ICANN's policies reflect the interests of all ccTLDs."

The Agreement, signed on 25 October 2001, sets out the relationship between auDA as the .au delegate and ICANN as the international domain name governing body.

"It is not surprising that the Australian ccTLD would be the first to sign an agreement," said ICANN President/CEO, M. Stuart Lynn. "The Australian Internet community and the Australian government have a longstanding commitment to ICANN. Australia has a well developed Internet community due in no small measure to the pioneering work of Robert Elz."

Disspain also paid tribute to Elz, the former .au delegate, for his outstanding personal contribution to the development of the Internet and Domain Name System in Australia.

"Under Robert Elz's management, the .au domain has developed a uniquely Australian identity. auDA intends to build on this work, by introducing naming and competition policies that make it easier for more Australians to participate in their own domain space."


Chris Disspain
CEO - auDA