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Private education and training firm Now Hiring has confirmed it acquired the Training.com.au from the federal government yesterday, and the government has also responded.

As we reported yesterday the Education Employment and Workplace Relations's ownership of training.com.au expired on Thursday at 1pm and went to auction to a winning bid of AU$30,110.

The sale of training.com.au for $30,110 is in the record books as the eighth highest public sale in Australia, but may turn out to be a bargain for new domain custodian Now Hiring.

"Training.com.au was acquired by Now Hiring Pty Ltd yesterday through standard domain acquisition processes," said Now Hiring Director Mike Thomas in an email to iTWire today.

"Our focus has shifted from jobs to the education sector and nowlearning.com.au is our main priority- the training.com.au domain aligns with the new strategic direction we intend on pursuing - a vocational education hub where Australians will be able to find useful career advice, details about getting into the right training courses and hear stories from industry leaders about their own training paths."

The government also responded through a short statement via email, after iTWire sent it a list of questions.

"The Department of Industry is aware that the domain name training.com.au has lapsed," the statement said.

"The Department uses the domain name training.gov.au."

It's understood Now Hiring will use the domain to host education content, unlike cyber squatters who may "squat" on a domain name with entirely irrelevant or misleading content.

One such example is Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest and his wife's charity's website - http://australianchildrenstrust.org.au - which has seemingly been squatted by an American fishing business (tip of the hat to Broede Carmody for the heads up). 

A full interview with Now Hiring is forthcoming.

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David Swan

David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. He also writes for Junkee and Fasterlouder. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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