auDA board accepts 2007 Names Policy Panel's final report

auDA logoThe auDA board has accepted the final report of the 2007 Names Policy Panel, which recommends a number of changes to the .au policy framework.
The Panel reported that, overall, it believes the current .au policy rules strike an appropriate balance between allowing people to register the domain names they want whilst protecting the integrity and usability of the .au domain. However, the Panel identified some ways in which the policy rules might be clarified or enhanced to ensure they are workable and effective.
One of the most important of the changes was the Panel recommended the Transfers (Change of Registrant) Policy be relaxed to allow a registrant to transfer their domain name licence to another eligible entity, for any reason.
This is one of the best changes that came out of the policy review and will now mean that registrants of .au domain names will be able to openly trade domain names, subject to the existing eligibility requirements.
It was also recommended that registrants should be able to license domain names for 1, 2 or 3 year periods, but that implementation be delayed until the new registry licence commences in 2010.
Issues addressed by the panel and rejected included:

  • whether .au should be opened up to direct registrations
  • policy rules for,,, and should not be changed however that auDA should consider re-launching as a “catch-all” 2LD for users who do not fit within the current 2LD taxonomy.

auDA is currently working on implementing the Panel’s recommendations in 2008, and further announcements will be made. In the meantime, all current auDA policies continue to apply.
It is likely that the changes recommended will be introduced in the first half of 2008.
More information on the panel, including the final report, is available from auDA’s website at
I should also note that I was one of the panellists that considered these changes.