×

Warning

JUser: :_load: Unable to load user with ID: 3653
Thursday, 31 July 2014 16:33

Australian Government lets training.com.au expire in huge blunder Featured

By

The Australian government has made what seems to be a colossal stuff-up with private investors picking up a prized Internet domain name after it expired today.

The domain name training.com.au was, until today, registered to The Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations.

The Department website says “On 18 September 2013 the Department of Education and the Department of Employment was created out of the former Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.”

The department's ownership of training.com.au expired today at 1pm and went to auction with the winning bid of AU$30,110.

The winning bidder was Now Hiring Pty Ltd, which operates a jobs website and is also a joint venture partner with iTWire in jobswiregurus.com.au.

It seems that before today training.com.au redirected to training.gov.au, a government-run website with information for apprenticeships and traineeships, courses and training providers, and the National Register of VET.

The website is now in private hands however, and can be used at the total discretion of Now Hiring for whatever it wishes.

“This happens all too frequently, both in the public and private sectors.” said Simon Johnson, Director of IPNeighborhood.com, a Melbourne-based brand protection firm.

“If the Australian government were managing their domain names like any other asset, then they could be alerted in advance and renewed the domain name. Unfortunately, once its gone, its gone.”

According to IPNeighborhood, the sale of training.com.au for $30,110 is in the record books as the eighth highest public sale in Australia. It's extremely rare for governments (or private companies for that matter) to let such prestigious domains expire.

Visiting the site right now leads to the message "training.com.au parked with Netfleet.com.au

"Is this your domain name?

"Get started and list your domain name for sale on Netfleet, and you could be receiving offers today straight from this page."

A similar situation occured last year in the US when medicaid.com, which was a website providing information on the US government's 'Obamacare' Medicaid program. It expired however, and was purchased by Tennessee company Medx Publishing Inc, which also owns the domain name Medicare.com. In a move that is surely confusing for US citizens Medicaid.com now redirects to https://www.uhccommunityplan.com, a private insurers' website.

The Department of Industry and Now Hiring have both been contacted for comment.


Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinatrs and campaigns and assassistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

INTRODUCING ITWIRE TV

iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.

SEE WHAT'S ON ITWIRE TV NOW!

BACK TO HOME PAGE

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments