This week (12 April 2021) auDA, Australia’s domain name regulatory body, went live with some pretty major domain name changes.

Australia now has more than 3.3 million domain names under management and the changes under the new Licensing Framework include updates to:

  • Eligibility and allocation rules for some namespaces (,,, and state and territory namespaces)
  • Terms and conditions for .au domain names
  • The complaints and cancellations processes
  • The rules for sub-domains, third-party use and monetisation of .au domain names.
  • All names created, transferred, or renewing from today will be subject to the new rules.

The previous rules will apply until the end of the current license period for current .au domain name licenses that have not yet expired or been transferred.

For a more detailed analysis of the changes, see our update here.

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