I am pleased to present the next edition of Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain. This is a ‘bumper’ edition, containing not only our annual .au survey but also a detailed look at the important theme of women in STEM – a topic of particular importance to AusRegistry as an organisation.

In December 2015, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) found that while participation in the national workforce is around 43 percent, within the ICT profession it is only 28 percent.

With a number of barriers identified for women joining the industry, proactive action is required to overcome obstacles and increase diversity. We at AusRegistry recognise that to succeed, we need to attract the best of the best – regardless of gender, background or any other factor.

This year we established a Women in Technology working group to address the topic and drive initiatives that encourage greater participation in technology by women and girls. From this edition forward, we’ll be including a regular ‘Women in Tech’ segment in Behind the Dot magazine. If you or someone you know would like to contribute, please reach out to us.

Also featured in our magazine this quarter is a conversation with Startup Victoria’s new chief executive, Georgia Beattie and a profile of some prominent Australian women working in and around the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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In addition to this, we bring you the results of our own women in technology survey conducted around our Girls in ICT breakfast in April.

Our November edition also presents the annual .au survey report. This year’s survey continues our ongoing commitment to gaining in-depth insights into the way Australians engage with the Internet and .au to ensure we build programs and systems that best support the Australian Internet community.

There are two other important events worth mentioning this quarter. Firstly, in August auDA announced the appointment of its new CEO, Cameron Boardman. I extend our welcome to Mr Boardman and are confident his extensive experience in policy development and innovation will be a valuable addition to the organisation. We look forward to working with Mr Boardman going forward.

Finally, the domain name industry lost a passionate advocate in recent months with the sad news of the passing of Tony Lentino. Known not only for his work for the domain name industry in founding Instra Corp, but also a vocal supporter of the motor racing community, my thoughts go out to his family and friends.

I am pleased to present this special edition of >Behind the Dot: State of the .au Domain. As always, we welcome your feedback and input on the magazine and thank you for reading.