The generic domain name auHQ.com.au was seemingly allowed to lapse by current owners, auDA (AU Domain Administration) and appeared on the daily domain name drop list yesterday.
However, for some strange reason, even though the domain name had bids on both the drop platforms, it didn’t drop.
One would think that any reasonable-thinking person would agree that the term “auHQ” is merely a shorter version of the generic term; “Australian Headquarters“, which could be used by thousands of Australian businesses.
This means surely anyone is allowed to bid to own this domain name?
What’s even a little stranger is Netfleet displayed the following status for anyone who tried to win the domain name on their platform yesterday, “Pending (re-enter your bids tomorrow)“:
What exactly happened to stop this domain name from dropping yesterday?
As the WHOIS above clearly shows, it’s auDA themselves who currently own this domain name.
Nearly two years ago they stated: “A Board resolution to change auDA’s brand to auHQ will be put to members for their input.“
I don’t believe that ever happened.
Perhaps they are finished using the domain name and it is still going to drop today?