An astute member of the Australian domain industry recently pointed out to me that auDA (and Afilias to a lesser extent) have made a lot of money out of non-complying .org.au domain names over the years.
With some minor editing by me, he writes:
- Since 1st Jan 2018 there have been 23,968 .org.au domain names dropped. Of these about 600 (estimated) are still registered.
- At $15 / domain, which is the average retail price, that is around $360,000 AUD that has been charged to registrants.
- Not sure what the wholesale rate is, but auDA and Afilias would have made approximately 24,000 x $7.50 = $180,000 AUD between them.
- If the registrars and auDA had applied strict licensing rules as per policy, then Australian registrants registrants would not have lost so much money.
- You can see results here.
No wonder the cash cow is bursting at the seams!
Hat tip to Nobby. 🙂
N.B. Domainer has written about this on a few occasions, and auDA has acted. Here is one such article from July last year. This explains potential ramifications to holders of .com.au domains when it comes down to priority status rights when direct registration comes in.