Under the proposals in the draft recommendations by the Names Policy Panel, the current 2LDs – com.au and net.au - would remain available but Australian entities and individuals would be able to register under .au, too.
“The main reason the panel has recommended this change is that direct registrations would create more options. They include names that are shorter, more appealing and more memorable. They would make the domain name system simpler and easier to use,” said Derek Whitehead, Panel Chair and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology.
Whitehead said the Panel is clear that direct registrations would have some rules applied to them, to continue to maintain a standard “that reflects the trust and security synonymous with the .au domain name space”.
Comments can be submitted in two ways and the closing date for submissions is Wednesday 30 September.