Posted by Jo Lim on 17 July 2003

auDA has become aware that Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd (DNA) is sending letters and/or faxes to some domain name registrants regarding the version of their .au domain name being available or unregistered.

The communication is headed “Domain Name Registration” and could, in auDA’s opinion, be easily mistaken for an invoice. To this extent, auDA considers that the communication could be misleading or deceptive.

DNA is a company controlled by Mr Chesley Rafferty, who is also a Director of Internet Registry Pty Ltd.

auDA took legal action against Mr Rafferty and Internet Registry in 2002, as a result of which Mr Rafferty gave several undertakings in the Federal Court.

auDA believes that this latest mail out by DNA is in breach of some of Mr Rafferty's undertakings, and we are pursuing the matter vigourously.

If you have received a letter from DNA and you wish to lodge a formal complaint, please send an email to

Previous consumer alerts and media releases by auDA about Mr Rafferty, Internet Registry and DNA can be located at:

Domain Names Australia Pty Ltd
Internet Registry Pty Ltd (trading as NetRegister) consents to Federal Court Orders
auDA launches Trade Practices claim against Internet Registry Pty Ltd (trading as NetRegister) and its Director, Chesley Rafferty
NetRegister letter contains incorrect information
auDA takes action on Internet Registry Pty Ltd mail out
Internet Registry Pty Ltd - Mail out contains inaccurate information

Chris Disspain
CEO - auDA