Monday, 02 July 2018 06:01

.au namespace moves to new manager Afilias Featured


The transfer of the .au namespace to a new registry and national domain name infrastructure run by Afilias Australia has been completed on the first day of the new financial year.

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".

The following changes have been introduced:

  •,,,,,, and 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 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.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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