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Forget ‘.com.au’ – You Might Soon Have ‘yourdomain.au’

AuDA, the body which administers the .au top level Internet domain is canvassing the possibility of allowing the registration of domain names such as yourdomain.au, saying such a move would be “the most substantial change to the .au domain name space in over 30 years.”

AuDA has convened a policy review panel to make recommendations, issued a discussion paper and called for submissions.

It notes that one of the main issues is how holders of third-level domain names, such as yourdomain.com.au, should be given priority for these new domain names.

Both the UK and New Zealand have opened up their second-level domain names. In the UK, auDA says: “Competing claims were resolved in the following order of priority: (1) co.uk registrant, (2) org.uk registrant and (3) me.uk registrant ….This reflects the original policy intent that .uk is a space designed for business.

The issues paper is available at www.auda.org.au/PRP. Submissions close on Friday November 10. – Stuart Corner

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