Some years ago, auDA audited .org.au domain names to make sure these were being used for a proper purpose i.e. as per auDA policy (Schedule F), the org.au 2LD is for non-commercial organisations.
Suffice to say, there were massive deletions!
Recently it was pointed out to me by an industry observer that there has been a contracting in EVERY namespace except for .org.au which keeps growing. In their opinion, they think the potential for fraud and/or improper use is enormous.
Time for another audit perhaps?
This graphic is from auDA’s own monthly statistics:
Why should we care I hear you ask?
- Imagine if you have invested a lot of money in a premium com.au domain, and somebody comes along and hand registers a matching org.au domain when they are not entitled to do so. I know many will say that com.au will always be king, but it does “muddy the waters” unnecessarily.
- With the possible introduction of direct registration being imminent, we have to consider the issue of “Priority Status” – i.e. who has first rights to apply for the .au? If there is an org.au that has been improperly registered, it could possibly “outrank” you.
Here are just a few examples of what I believe are improper usage:
If you look at the WhoIs on each of the above, there is a common denominator – non-local registrars.
- As responsible domain investors and registrants, we are required to follow the policies of auDA – and suffer severe consequences if we don’t.
- The auDA Compliance team seem to be concentrating on pursuing domain investors and other registrants whilst actively ignoring what is a major breach of policy with org.au registrations. (In my opinion of course).
- Check your own domains on the “Priority Status” tool, and if you find a commercial entity has the org.au, make a complaint to auDA!