auDA's Industry Competition Advisory Panel releases draft recommendations for public consultation

auDA logoauDA’s Industry Competition Advisory Panel is currently reviewing auDA’s competition model for the Australian domain name industry. As part of its consultation, the Panel has released its Draft Recommendations for public consultation.
The Panel is considering the following issues:

  • the method of registry operator selection/appointment post-2010
  • the policy and process for registrar accreditation
  • the status and regulation of resellers
  • the policy and process for transfers between registrars/resellers.

The draft recommendations made by the Panel include:

  • for auDA and AusRegistry to renegotiate the current registry licence with a view to extending the term by either 2 or 4 years subject to agreement being reached on a pricing model and the inclusion of all items that auDA would require in a new, longer period licence
  • the competitive registry model should be retained with a license term of either 6 or 8 years
  • if no agreement can be reached between auDA and AusRegistry, the registry licence should be put out to tender
  • registrars from abroad should be required to register with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to enable them to trade in Australia, subjecting them Australian laws and regulations
  • develop a policy for fair and equitable access to the registry so ownership of a number of registrar accreditations does not create an unfair market advantage
  • the compilation of a list of registrar functions subject to regulation by auDA
  • subject to the introduction of an independent appeals process, auDA should develop with the registrar community a formalised system of penalties for breaches by registrars.

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 1 October 2008 at 5.00pm.
The full report with the draft recommendations and more information is available from auDA