Changes to .au Domain Name Policy

Posted by Jo Lim on 15 November 2000

The .au Domain Administration (auDA) has released a public consultation report outlining proposed changes to Australia's domain name policy.

The report, 'Review of Policies in .au Second Level Domains: Proposed changes to domain name eligibility and allocation policies in the .au domain space', has been prepared by auDA's Name Policy Advisory Panel, chaired by Derek Whitehead of Swinburne University of Technology.

"The Panel has suggested quite a number of changes to the existing Australian domain name policies," said the Panel Chair, "The main objective is to make them more consistent with each other, clearer and more predictable."

Some of the key issues covered in the report include:

  • number of domain names that an entity or individual is allowed to license
  • eligibility criteria for licensing a domain name
  • connection between a domain name and the name of the licence holder
  • licensing and use of generic, geographic and objectionable names
  • introduction of new second level domains.

"auDA welcomes the Panel's report as an important step in making sure the .au domain name system is responsive to the needs of all Internet users in Australia", said auDA CEO, Chris Disspain.

"Given the changes occuring at the internation level, with several new global Top Level Domains expected to be introduced during 2001, the Panel's report provides a timely opportunity for Australians to contribute to the future development of their own domain space. I strongly encourage all interested parties to make a submission."

The Name Policy Advisory Panel will hold a second round of public consultation in early 2001.

Copies of the report are available on the auDA web site at or phone 03 9268 7961.

For further information contact Derek Whitehead on phone 03 9214 8333 or 0412 996 025 or email

15 November 2000