All businesses, organisations and individuals who own a .au
The introduction of an Official Domain Drop List which will
publish the exact time and date that expired and deleted .au domain
names will become available for registration.
The introduction of a new service called "domain
sync" which allows owners of multiple .au domain
names to set a common expiry date for all their .au domain
names, provided that the date is less than 2 years from the date of
registration of each domain name.
All expired or deleted domain names to be removed from the
domain name registry at 1.00pm AEST (2.00pm AEDT) on the date of
removal rather than at a random time on the date of removal as
under the previous policy.
The new policy
A policy in relation to the renewal, expiry and deletion of .au
domain names, which came into effect on 18 April 2010. The new
policy changes the way in which expired and deleted .au domain
names are removed from the domain name registry.
As was the case under auDA's previous policy, the new policy
provides that a domain name may be renewed at any time within 90
calendar days before its expiry date. If a domain name is not
renewed during this time, it will stop working on the expiry date
and the owner will have 30 calendar days after the expiry date to
renew and restore the domain name.
Under auDA's previous policy, if a domain name was not
renewed during this 30 calendar day period, it was purged from the
registry at a random time on the next business day. Once purged,
the domain name becomes available to third parties for registration
on a first come first served basis.
Under auDA's new policy, if a domain name is not renewed
during the 30 calendar day period, it will appear on auDA's
Official Domain Drop List, which is published daily at
http://www.auda.org.au/domains/drop-list. Once a domain name
appears on the drop list, it is purged from the registry at 1.00pm
AEST (2.00pm AEDT) on the next day (including weekends and public
Why the changes?
auDA has stated that the impetus for the introduction of the
Official Domain Drop List is to address the issue of unofficial
domain drop lists and domain-catching services being provided by
industry participants, many of which ordinary members of the public
are not aware of or do not have access to.
The Official Domain Drop List, together which the introduction
of a fixed and publicly known purge time, is intended to level the
playing field and gives all third parties a useful official and
authoritative tool for monitoring which domain names have expired
and the exact date and time that they will become available for
What you need to do
In order to avoid the risk of your domain name appearing on the
Official Domain Drop List and then being registered by a third
Check that your domain name registrar has your up-to-date
contact details to ensure that " you receive all domain name
renewal reminders and notices from your registrar.
If you are the owner of multiple .au domain names, utilise your
registrar's domain sync " service to change the
individual expiry dates of your domain names to the same date.
" This will make it easier for you to keep track of the expiry
date for your domain names. " Keep an accurate and independent
record of this date.
Also, if there is an unavailable domain name which you would
like to own, use the Official Domain Drop List as a tool to monitor
when that domain name might become available for registration. If
the domain name becomes available, submit an application to
register that domain name with your registrar immediately as it
will be available for registration on a first come first served
If you would like further information or have any questions
about the auDA's new policy or managing your domain names,
please contact us.
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