auDA reviews .AU Domain Renewal, Expiry and Deletion Policy

auDA, the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for .au domain names, have announced they are reviewing their Domain Renewal, Expiry and Deletion Policy (2006-07) through a public consultation process.This policy governs when domain names in the open second level domains can be renewed, and what happens when domain names expire or are deleted.Comments are invited on all aspects of the policy, but in particular:

  • Whether the current 30 day pending delete period for expired domain names (ie. where the registrant has not renewed their domain name) is appropriate.
  • Whether the current “domain purge” procedure (ie. where domain names are purged from the registry at a random time between 10.30am and 5.00pm AEST on the next business day after the pending delete period ends) is effective.
  • What action (if any) auDA should take in relation to unofficial domain drop lists, and the domain-catching services being provided by some accredited registrars and other industry participants.

For those interested in making a submission, the closing date is Friday 11 September 2009.More information is available from

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