Notification of change of operation for the domain name space

Posted by Jo Lim on 30 May 2003

In 2002, the Ministerial Council for Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA), the Australian Vice Chancellor’s Committee (AVCC), and the .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) agreed that the policy and registrar function for the domain would be transferred to authorities representing the interests of the Australian education and training community.

MCEETYA agreed that the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee (AICTEC) would develop policy on behalf of the education and training community through its Domain Administration Committee (eDAC) to protect the integrity of the domain name space. limited was appointed as the Registrar for the domain. limited is a not-for-profit company owned by Australian Education and Training Ministers in Australia. As Registrar, limited will provide domain name services in the domain name space and administer policies on behalf of the education and training sector.

Further information and background to these decisions is available through the AICTEC web site.

From 12 noon on Friday 6 June 2003 AUNIC and auDA will cease to process applications for the domain name space while the transfer to the new arrangements is made.

From Thursday 12 June 2003 limited will assume the position of Registrar and begin processing applications for eligibility in the domain name space. Applications for new domain names or changes to existing registration details can be made online at

As part of the MCEETYA decision, all existing domain names at the third and fourth level in the domain name space will be granted a licence until May 2004. All new applications processed on or after 12 June 2003 will be issued with a two year licence and will incur a cost which will assist in supporting the domain as a closed domain.

We apologise for any inconvenience which may occur as a result of these arrangements. Any further questions or concerns should be directed to:

Registrar domain
c/- limited
178 Fullarton Road,
Ph: 08 8334 3210