auDA terminates A1 Registrar's accreditation

Posted by Jo Lim on 20 January 2003

Melbourne, 20 January 2003 – auDA has today terminated the accreditation of A1 Registrar Pty Ltd.

In December 2002, the directors of A1 Registrars placed the company in administration, as a result of an ongoing shareholders' dispute that could not be resolved. auDA is aware of this appointment, and has been working with A1 Registrar's administrator and shareholders to minimise any disruption to registrants.

auDA has now been advised that there is no likelihood of a resolution of the dispute in the immediate future. Under the circumstances, auDA has taken steps to terminate A1 Registrar's accreditation to ensure that the long term interests of its registrants are protected.

"The termination of A1 Registrar's accreditation will not affect .au domain names which have been registered through A1 Registrar" said auDA CEO, Chris Disspain. "The licences for those domain names will continue unaffected until their next expiry date."

auDA will shortly be writing to all registrants who have registered their .au domain names through A1 Registrar, to explain the steps which they should take before the next expiry date of their domain names.

Peter Dean, a director of auDA, is one of the shareholders of A1 Registrar. However, auDA understands that Mr Dean has not been a director of the company, or involved in the management of the company, since August last year. Mr Dean was not involved in auDA's decision to terminate the company's accreditation.

Information for people who have registered their domain name through A1 Registrar Pty Ltd.


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Jo Lim
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