In a statement on the auDA website yesterday, current Chair Suzanne Ewart announced that there will be a delay to the proposed introduction of direct registration (e.g. the ability to register Domainer.au).
“While we had previously estimated direct registration and changes to the licensing rules would be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2019, it is critically important that the changes are widely understood, backed by an education program and supported by robust business processes throughout industry. It is also essential that these changes are implemented in a way that minimises imposts on business and avoids unintended consequences.”
After the sudden “reluctant departure” of previous CEO Cameron Boardman, it was obvious to many in the industry that the “work was far from done” on so many levels.
I know I speak for others when I applaud this decision of the auDA Board to avoid a calamitous rush to implement massive changes. In keeping with the Chair’s statement yesterday “that the changes are widely understood”, I believe it is incumbent on auDA to inform every single registrant of a domain name in Australia what is happening; and how it will affect them. This was a commitment that was “dragged out” of the previous CEO, but unfortunately, like many of his assurances, is yet to happen.
“The auDA Board takes its responsibilities very seriously and is committed to best-practice levels of transparency, accountability and consultation in overseeing the operation and management framework for the .au domain.”
It looks like the auDA Board’s common sense decision to simplify current licensing rules of existing domain names is now also on the backburner. This is a shame, because the work is “done and dusted”, and, unlike direct registration, could be easily implemented. In my opinion, confidence in the .au space will continue to be affected until these changes are ratified. More about this in a future article.
Ned O’Meara – 22nd August 2019