auDA unveils new rules for .au domains, following approval by the auDA Board at its 10 November 2020 meeting. The new rules will come into effect on 12 April 2021. According to the announcement, rules are designed to meet the needs of registrants, enhance trust in the .au domain, and help ensure .au remains Australian and secure.
Changes in the new rules:
auDA also stated that the training for registrars will begin shortly. The training will focus on helping registrars to understand and to apply the new rules and communicate changes to their customers. auDA stated that new Licensing Rules are very similar to the current suite of published policies. However, there are changes, including:
• eligibility and allocation rules for some namespaces (e.g. com.au, net.au, org.au and asn.au);
• the terms and conditions for .au domain names;
• the complaints process; and
• how auDA manages compliance with the rules.
Rosemary Sinclair, CEO, auDA, said,
“This signifies an important step forward in .au governance, modernizing 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 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.”