auDA to Announce Direct .AU Registrations
The auDA (short for “.au Domain Administration”), which is responsible for the .au top-level domain, has announced that it will introduce direct .au registrations. Domains such as BusinessSchool.au will soon be possible to register.
In August 2015 the names policy panel released draft recommendations in an attempt to grant Australian individuals and businesses the possibility to register domain names in the .au extension.
The main reason behind the panel’s push for change was because they believe it would create more options. They include names that are shorter, more appealing, and more memorable. They would make the domain name system simpler and easier to use – Derek Whitehead, auDA panel chair and adjunct professor at Swinburne University of Technology
Yesterday (April 18th, 2016) auDA released a statement that says that it agrees with most of the views that are expressed by the panel. auDa will now commence a policy development process and consult stakeholders to decide on the best approach to implement these direct registrations, taking into account the impact it may have on existing registrants.
Under the current regulations .au domains have to sit under a second-level domain name such as .com.au. When the .au direct registrations will be allowed the old regulations and rules will also remain in effect. For example you will still need to be an Australian individual or business to be able to register an .au domain.