auDA is the policy authority for the .au domain space, responsible for the development, review and enforcement of policies dealing with the registration of .au domain names and the operation of the Australian domain industry.

Below is a list of auDA's current Published Policies, Guidance Notes, Administrative Arrangements, Dispute Resolution policies and our Privacy Policy. All Published Policies, Guidance Notes, Administrative Arrangements and Dispute Resolution policies are considered in their entirety as 'Published Policies'. For a comprehensive list of all auDA policies since 2002, please refer to the Index of Published Policies.

Published Policies

    No.   Title
2020-01 Major Disaster Policy (Temporary)
2015-01 Complaints Policy
2014-09 Reseller ID Application Form
2014-07 WHOIS Policy
2014-06 Reserved List Policy
2013-05 Registrar Accreditation Application Form
2013-04  Registrar Accreditation Criteria
2013-03  auDA Information Security Standard (ISS) for Accredited Registrars
2013-02  Transfers (Change of Registrar of Record) Policy
2012-04  Domain Name Eligibility and Allocation Policy Rules for the Open 2LDs
2012-01  Registrant Review Panel Rules
List of auDA Review Panelists
2011-03  Transfers (Change of Registrant) Policy
2010-07  Registrant Contact Information Policy
2010-03  Registrar Review Panel Rules
List of auDA Review Panelists
2010-01  Domain Renewal, Expiry and Deletion Policy
2008-09  Prohibition on Misspellings Policy
2008-07  Mandatory Terms and Conditions Applying to .au Domain Name Licences  
2008-04 Policy Rules and Guidelines for Community Geographic Domain Names (CGDNs)
2007-02  Interim Policy on Use of Wildcard DNS Records in .au
2004-04  .au Domain Name Suppliers' Code of Practice
2004-01  Complaints (Registrant Eligibility) Policy
2002-29  Domain Name Password Policy


Guidance Notes

auDA’s Guidance Notes provide information regarding certain terms of the Registrar Agreement or Published policies to provide assistance to accredited Registrars and registrants in meeting their obligations.

    No.   Title
2013-01  Clarification of Auto-Renewal Services under the Code of Practice
2012-05  Guidelines on the Interpretation of Policy Rules for the Open 2LDs
2008-11  Clarification of Permissible Own Use Registration by Registrars
2002-16  Registrar Agreement - Meaning of Reseller
2002-15  Registrar Agreement - Clarification of Clause 14.1.7 


Administrative Arrangements

Arrangements to administer a specified 2LD on behalf of auDA.

    No.   Title
2015-02 Governance Arrangements for the edu.au 2LD
2014-05 Application of auDA Published Policies to the edu.au 2LD


Dispute Resolution

The auDRP sets out the legal process for resolving disputes between a domain name registrant and a third party with a legal right to the name.

    No.   Title
2016-01 .au Dispute Resolution Policy
2008-02 Approval Process for auDRP Providers
2003-01 .au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP) - Clarification of Registrar Obligations


New policy framework

Commencement date to be advised


.au Domain Administration Rules: Licensing

Explanatory guide
Licensing Rules Explanatory Guide 

.au Domain Administration Rules: Registrar
.au Namespace Implementation


Corporate Policies

Process for the Development and Review of auDA Published Policies 
Privacy Policy
DNSSEC Policy and Practice Statement (DPS) for the .au Domain