Searching Down Under

Sep 18, 2015
Reading Time: 2 minutes
Written by Dominic Woolrych

Google’s logo redesign might not be the only thing that changes the way you surf the internet. The 2015 Names Policy Panel has recently put out an Issue Paper, recommending changes to the way you search.

Here’s 5 things you need to know:

1. You can have your say

The 2015 Names Policy Panel has constructed an Issue Paper in April this year, enabling and seeking stakeholders to voice their views on the draft recommendations of the policy framework for .au domains. The draft recommendations were released on the 19th of August this year, following the initial consultation period for the Issues paper.

2. The crux of the draft

The main recommendation is that Australians should have the option to register domain names directly under .au (e.g

3. Key recommendations

  • The alteration of the domain licence period, from 2 to 1-5 years;
  • The policy regarding business names, should be updated to reflect the 2012 national business names registration system; and
  • There should be a more flexible system in enforcing misspellings. E.g Where the intended site is ‘’, however misspelt as ‘’.

4. Structure of the Australian Domain Name System (DNS)

The recommendations also proposed a new structure of the Australian DNS. This new structure essentially reinterprets eligible candidates, with the Panel strongly supporting a new eligibility criteria.

Eligibility for new DNS

An entity registering for a domain name at the second level would require an Australian Business number (ABN), Australian company number (ACN), Australian registered body number (ARBN) or an Australian trade mark number in order to prove it is based in Australia.

Click here for the proposed reformed structure of the DNS.

5. You have more time

If you’re a domain-geek like us, you too can have your say. The panel has allowed for a further public consultation period, to grant stakeholders the opportunity to offer their views on the draft recommendations. “Submissions close on 30 September 2015 and can be made by mail or through an online survey”.

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