Following an extensive review process with the .au Domain Administration (auDA), AusRegistry is pleased to announce that the auDA Registry Licence Agreement for the management of the .au second-level domain Registry has been extended for an additional four years, until 30 June 2018.

This is welcomed news and is a result that was popularly supported by industry stakeholders during the 2012 Industry Advisory Panel review.

The renewal of the licence will provide an increased level of business confidence, continuity of service and greater level of investment in the namespace for all .au stakeholders. Most importantly, this decision provides certainty for everyone involved in .au, paving the way for another strong four years of stability, security, and growth.

The licence renewal was the result of a long, diligent and transparent exercise that included two public consultation rounds over a 10-month period. This culminated in the Panel’s final report to the auDA Board in December 2012 which recommended that auDA renegotiate the registry licence with AusRegistry.

Following the Panel’s recommendation, the auDA Board voted in February 2013 to proceed with renegotiating the registry licence with AusRegistry. The Board then approved the outcomes of the negotiations between auDA and AusRegistry in October 2013.