On 19 October 2017 the Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, announced a review of Australia’s management of the .au domain. The .au Domain Administration (auDA) oversees the operation and management framework of the .au domain. auDA is endorsed by the Australian Government as the appropriate entity to administer Australia’s country code top-level domain (ccTLD)— the .au domain—on behalf of Australian internet users. The terms of this endorsement were established in 2000. auDA is recognised by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) as the manager of the .au ccTLD.
The purpose of this review is to ensure that the management framework of auDA remains fit for purpose and the .au domain is serving the needs of the online Australian community. Consideration of auDA’s governance arrangements and an assessment of the terms of endorsement will help determine whether Australia’s top-level domain, .au, is being managed consistent with Government and community expectations.
The review will be undertaken by the Department of Communications and the Arts. The review is expected to be finalised by early 2018.