As I’ve written many times, I’m not in favour of direct registrations being implemented in Australia. Two years down the track from the final recommendations of the 2015 Names Policy Panel, there is now considerably more evidence that there is simply no business case for another extension.
But there is one thing that auDA could do (almost instantly) to increase growth in the .au space. And this would be welcomed by the majority of Supply and Demand members – as well as many disenfranchised Australian individuals.
Cut The Red Tape For Australians
Currently, an Aussie individual without an ABN can only register an .id.au extension. This has been a total flop – the stats speak for themselves.
Look at our peers. Similar ccTLD’s like NZ, UK and Canada are very liberal as to eligibility for individuals (though Canada has a residency or citizenship requirement).
Australian Citizens or Residents should therefore be allowed to register any Australian domain name extension without the need for an ABN. To safeguard any rorting of the system, this would be on the basis of the existing “warranty system” that auDA currently employs to determine eligibility.
For those not aware, there is technically a mandate for this already. The Names Panel members (almost without exception) agreed on this fundamental change. I can tell you that because I was on the NP!
This was part of the Names Panel recommendations which the auDA Board accepted in February and April 2016 (subject to policy rules being finally determined as part of implementation planning processes). Have a read of this 3 page section (PROPOSED APPLICATION OF 2LD ELIGIBILITY AND ALLOCATION CRITERIA TO DIRECT REGISTRATIONS):NP Report 16 to 18 Landscape
What do you think?
Ned O’Meara – 30th August 2017