Review of auDA policy - restriction on geographic names in and

Posted by Jo Lim on 7 July 2004

Under current auDA policy, people are not allowed to use Australian geographic (place) names* as domain names in and This policy was originally introduced in 1997-98 by the previous administrators of (Melbourne IT) and (Connect Internet) in order to protect geographic names from commercial exploitation on the Internet. 

The DNS in Australia has undergone substantial growth and change since the restriction on geographic names in and was introduced. In November 2002, auDA announced that it would create eight new second level domains (2LDs) for Australian states and territories -,,,,,,, - in order to preserve Australian geographic names for use by the relevant community. Refer to Community Geographic 2LDs for more information.

In light of these developments, the auDA Board has decided to review the current policy to determine whether it still meets the needs and expectations of the Australian community.

To assist with its deliberations, the auDA Board is seeking responses to the following questions:

1. Should the restriction on geographic names in and be maintained? If so, why?


2. Should the restriction on geographic names in and be removed - ie. should people be allowed to register geographic names in and If so, why?

Responses should be emailed to auDA's Chief Policy Officer, Jo Lim.

The closing date for responses is Friday 30 July 2004.

All submissions received will be posted on the auDA web site here.

* Since 1 July 2002, a "geographic name" has been defined as any location with an Australian postcode, as listed on the Australia Post postcode database. The names and common abbreviations of Australian states and territories (eg. Victoria and Vic) have also been included within the definition of "geographic name".