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auDA says new .au namespace rules to take effect in April 2021 Featured

auDA chief executive Rosemary Sinclair. auDA chief executive Rosemary Sinclair. Courtesy auDA

The au Domain Administration, the organisation that administers the Australian domain namespace, says rules for the,, and namespaces will change on 12 April 2021 after they were approved by the auDA board at a meeting on 10 November.

A statement from auDA said the new rules were meant to meet the evolving needs of registrants, improve trust in the .au domain and ensure that .au remains in Australian hands, adding that the new regulations simplified and streamlined more than 30 policies and guidelines.

auDA chief executive Rosemary Sinclair said: "I'm pleased to share that the new .au domain licensing rules will launch on 12 April 2021.

"This signifies an important step forward in .au governance – modernising the policy framework, ensuring the .au domain can respond to the changing needs of Internet users, and continuing to build trust and confidence in .au namespaces."

The auDA statement said the new licensing rules were similar to the old ones but differed in the following aspects:

  • eligibility and allocation rules for some namespaces (e.g.,, and;
  • the terms and conditions for .au domain names;
  • the complaints process; and
  • how auDA manages compliance with the rules.

While 12 April 2021 has been set down as the date when the new rules take effect, domains that expire after that date will be governed by the old rules until they expire.

Said Sinclair: "The new rules are the result of close engagement and consultation with stakeholders. I thank everyone who provided their valuable insights, as well as our community of accredited .au registrars, which will be crucial to the successful implementation of the new rules."

The new licensing rules are here and those for registrars are here.

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