A statement from auDA, the organisation that manages the Australian domain namespace, said the transfer, from AusRegistry — which was acquired by Neustar in 2015 — was completed on Sunday.
Afilias was chosen after a tender in 2017 and will handle the .au namespace for the next four years.
The statement said the new infrastructure would mean "a national network of DNS nodes across the country which will see faster response times, increased resilience and increased security".
- .com.au, net.au, org.au, id.au, asn.au, edu.au, and gov.au names can now be registered for between one and five years;
- A new $12 million marketing and innovation program will be run over four years to increase the awareness and use of .au; and,
- There will be a 10% reduction in wholesale fees for .au names.
auDA chief executive Cameron Boardman said: "The .au name space is essential national infrastructure. It forms the backbone of the digital economy.
“The new registry will strengthen the operation and security of the .au name space so users can have confidence in the integrity and availability of .au domains.”
auDA has faced some internal ructions in recent months, with dissatisfaction over the way the organisation is run breaking out into the open in April. At that time, one member, Jim Stewart, the chief executive of StewArt Media, led a call for the ouster of Boardman, chair Chris Leptos and directors Sandra Hook and Suzanne Ewart.
The major irritant was the decision by the board to change Australian domains from .com.au and similar suffixes to .au.
The organisation went to court to try and get a special general meeting, which was being pushed for by Stewart and others to consider their resolutions, to be held along with the annual general meeting in November. But the court asked auDA to hold an SGM before 28 July; accordingly, it is being held on 27 July.