A Fairfax Media report said the review, the results of which are to be released today, had found that auDA's membership model and lack of checks and balances had prevented proper decision making, rendering it unable to operate properly.
Dissension in the ranks of auDA, the body that administers the Australian domain namespace, came to public light earlier this month when one member, Jim Stewart the chief executive of StewArt Media, led a call for the ouster of auDA chief executive Boardman, chair Chris Leptos and directors Sandra Hook and Suzanne Ewart.
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield backed the review's 29 recommendations, agreeing that auDA was not serving the purpose for which it was set up, adding that a great deal of change was needed for it to meet its objectives.
The report said Fifield had already informed the auDA management to inform it of these recommendations.
Reference was also made to a review by advisory group PPB which alleged that there had been expenses incurred by former auDA directors and employees which were inappropriate.
Earlier this month, auDA chair Chris Leptos said the practices of several former auDA directors have been referred to the police in Victoria.
The PPB report cited the case of former general manager international and government affairs Paul Szyndler, who was alleged to have exchanged business class airfare for work travel for economy class tickets for his family to attend an ICANN meeting in Los Angeles in 2014.
Szyndler said he had not done anything wrong as he was following company guidelines.
The PPB review was commissioned by chief executive Cameron Boardman in August 2016 and found that there had been “systemic and persistent governance deficiencies".