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The federal government is to review the management of the .au domain in a move designed to ensure it remains fit for purpose in serving the needs of Australians online.

The review will be undertaken by the Department of Communications and the Arts and the government says it will examine the most appropriate framework for the not-for-profit domain.

The board and executive of auDA has welcomed the announcement of the review and interim chair Erhan Karabardak said the review would complement internal governance and strategy projects currently underway.

“The .au domain is one of the most trusted domain zones in the world and we look forward to working with the government and Australian Internet community to maintain and enhance that position.

“It is critical that we have the best possible model for managing the domain, and that our risk and mitigation strategies are among the best in the world.”

The Terms of Reference released by the government require the review to assess whether the .au domain is being managed consistent with government and community expectations.

The government anticipates the review will be completed in early 2018 and says the review will also identify risk and mitigation strategies for the security and stability of the .au domain.

Government’s expectations for the management of .au were set out in 2000 and include:

  • Recognising that the Internet naming system is a public resource;
  • Operating as a fully self-funding and not-for-profit organisation;
  • Being inclusive of and accountable to all members of the Australian Internet community;
  • Adopting open, transparent and consultative processes;
  • Promoting competition, fair trading and provisions for consumer protection and support;
  • Establishing appropriate dispute resolution mechanisms; and
  • Representing Australian Internet industry interests in the Internet domain name system at national and international fora.


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).


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