.au Registry Migration Aftermath

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The first day seeing Afilias as the new .AU Registry Operator is here.

We are LIVE.

Afilias has released the following statement, most notably stating:

The new system for .au went live on Sunday, July 1, 2018, ahead of schedule and as planned. The transition involved moving the records of over 3.1M domains from the legacy system to the new system within just a few hours.

First, the legacy provider closed the registry to new transactions on Saturday morning. Then the full registry dataset was extracted, encrypted, and sent to auDA, who sent it to Afilias Australia. Afilias verified the integrity of the data, transformed it into standards-based formats, loaded it into our new, dedicated Australian systems, and conducted a comprehensive set of tests to ensure a clean system.

The new registry opened for registrars early on the morning of July 1.

And auDA have been very quick to declare that everything has happened extremely smoothly, releasing their own statement on the auDA website, plus a seperate email statement (different from the website blog) that reads as follows:

The .au name space was transformed overnight with the seamless transmission of 3.1 million domain names to a new registry and national domain name infrastructure.

.au Domain Administration Ltd CEO, Cameron Boardman, said the transition of the registry to Afilias Australia was a milestone in the development of Australia’s digital economy.

The transition was completed on Sunday July 1, 2018, after six months of exhaustive planning and testing by auDA and Afilias working with the registrars who provide .au names to the public.

This followed a comprehensive expression of interest and tender conducted in 2017 to identify the registry operator of the .au namespace for the next 4 years from 1 July, 2018.

With the .au name space being an essential piece of national digital infrastructure, the new registry operator will help ensure the operational stability, security and integrity of the internet in Australia.

For .au users the new infrastructure will see a national network of DNS nodes across the country which will see faster response times, increased resilience and increased security.

As part of the new registry and tender process:

  • .com.au, net.au, org.au, id.au, asn.au, edu.au, and gov.au names will be able to be registered for between one and five years;
  • A new $12 million marketing and innovation program over 4 years to increase the awareness and use of .au; and,
  • A 10 percent reduction in wholesale fees for .au names.

“The .au name space is essential national infrastructure. It forms the backbone of the digital economy”, Mr Boardman said.

“The new registry will strengthen the operation and security of the .au name space so users can have confidence in the integrity and availability of .au domains.”

The adoption and use of digital technologies could contribute between $140 billion and $250 billion to Australia’s GDP by 2025, according to a September 2017 federal government report.

“The .au name space will play an integral part in this growth.”

“auDA is now positioned to help spur this economic growth with a network and registry provided by Afilias that will give the support continued expansion of the digital economy.”

There’s no doubt that auDA have put a lot of time and effort into this transition. And at first-look, Afilias certainly haven’t made any major blunders…

Over the coming week, I’m sure we will all come to the conclusion that this was a genius move by auDA, choosing an alternate company to handle the .AU Domain Name system, after AusRegistry performed a great service for 26 years… or, perhaps it was a bad move?

The next week will tell all.

Until we know for sure, some users are noting the WHOIS service is not currently working, and neither are expiry dates.

Plus, we still don’t know when and where the daily .AU domain name dropping service is going to be working and fully functional? Some people are claiming July 15th?

Afilias’ Official Domain Name Drop List doesn’t currently work…

I’m sure if domainers are experiencing problems, they’ll voice their opinions below.

12 thoughts on “.au Registry Migration Aftermath

  • July 1, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Day 1,

    No whois data on port 43. Are afilias and auda already in breach of their ICANN agreement?


    No domains found

    The requested top-level domain is not supported; this tool supports all delegated gTLDs contracted with ICANN and their corresponding second level domains.

    It is also surprising that the auDA web based whois lookup is running from https://whois.auda.ltd/

    Is the .au namespace not good enough for the au Administrator.

    No availabilty checker on port 43 either. One of the services that ausregistry provided and was in auDA’s registry tender document.

    Hopefully these things will be sorted out very quickly as it seems to put Afilias statement that they are “Ready to go” as being questionable.

  • July 1, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Although this is a “draft” version of the Registry Tech Specs, (located here) I believe the final version also states this:


    The Registry Operator will operate a WHOIS Service available via port 43 in accordance with RFC 3912 – WHOIS Protocol Specification, and a web-based Registration Data Directory Service at <whois.org.au> providing free public query-based access.

    Not sure if this is being planned for later today, or tomorrow, but as of this moment, WHOIS.org.au is NOT working.

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    • July 1, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Yeah, wow!

      It looks like AusRegistry have turned their back on .AU as of today. Whenever you type anything in to any section of AusRegistry.com.au – it appears they are trying to sell you a .CO domain name instead…

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  • July 1, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Everyone needs to check their system’s on how domain names are checked for registration status. The availability checker(whois-check.ausregistry.com.au) that has been running for the last 15 years has now been switched off.

    2 people like this.
  • July 1, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Domains that are expired don’t even say they are expired now, bit hard when there are not expiry dates.

    They just show

    Status: clientDeleteProhibited
    Status: clientUpdateProhibited
    Status: serverHold
    Status: serverUpdateProhibited


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    • July 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Good point, resellers and registrars are obviously going to need expiry dates… very soon…

      • July 1, 2018 at 9:03 pm

        Do these guys not realise that registrars are not the only people that rely on the ongoing functionality of the .au namespace/functions that have been in place for over a decade?

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        • July 2, 2018 at 6:48 pm

          Resellers I don’t think were given any consideration at all in the processes.

          At least things should really only be able to get better from here, yeah?

  • July 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    first domain i’ve registered under the new setup… so now we get junk email from auda every time we register a domain….

    the email says check your domain whois at


    which is the same .co registration page.

    clap…… clap…… clap.


    You are receiving this email because you are listed as the registrant
    contact for a new .au domain name ####.com.au.

    I am the CEO of auDA, the Australian
    internet domain name regulator. I am writing to you to explain some of
    the things that auDA does to safeguard both
    your domain name and your rights as a domain name registrant.

    Each domain name in .au is managed by an auDA accredited registrar.
    Registrars and their resellers are bound by a Code of Practice

    In our role as industry regulator, auDA publishes Consumer Alerts and
    other information that may be relevant to you. If you want to ensure
    that you are kept up to date, you can subscribe
    to our announcements list at

    One of the responsibilities you have as a domain name registrant is to
    ensure that the contact information in your domain name record is kept
    up to date. To check your information go to http://www.mywebname.com.au/
    and do a Whois search. If you need to make changes to the information
    then you should contact your registrar.

    I hope this information is of use to you. More detailed information can
    be found on our web site, including our online brochure Australian
    Domain Names – An Overview
    at http://www.auda.org.au/pdf/auda-overview.pdf.

    Please do not reply to this email by using the reply button. If you wish
    to contact auDA, please email [email protected].


    [email protected]

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  • July 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks Jez,

    And then,

    When you visit MyWebName.com.au – IT SENDS YOU TO AUSREGISTRY.com.au and then when you type your name in IT RECOMMENDS YOU REGISTER A .CO DOMAIN NAME INSTEAD!!!!!

    6 people like this.
  • July 3, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    whois.auda.org.au now works and sends you to whois.auda.ltd 🙂

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