If you’re still not sure what ‘Direct .AU’ is or means, you can read this article.
Back in our two recent Domainer Shows, we noted that we didn’t believe the domain investor or entrepreneur communities had the answers to the following questions, but now auDA have recently answered some of them, as follows;
Q. What will the fee be to apply for .au direct and why is a fee required?
A. The wholesale fee will be $8.67 for an ‘Application Token Fee’ which effectively allows you to ‘put your hand up’ to say you’re interested in acquiring your matching Direct .AU(.) Registrars and Resellers may add a service fee on top of this.
Q. If a .au direct name is in contention and the matter is not resolved within the initial one-year registration period, is there a need to pay the application fee for a further year to keep the name in contention?
Yes, you must keep paying your ‘Application Token Fee’ FOREVER, until you either become the last person ‘with your hand up’ from paying the never-ending annual fee, or until you give up, or until you go bankrupt from paying a multitude of annual fees for multiple domain names for multiple years. Whichever comes first.
Q. Will expired .au direct names drop at auction as they do for com.au?
The answer is YES, but many of us are praying the current monopolisation of a single domain name drop auction platform is over, waaaaaaay before the Direct .AU launch (see this article about the current drop.com.au monopoly and ongoing complaints against them)
Q. Can I sell my domain name once I have paid my ‘Application Token Fee’?
This question remains unclear. Perhaps people can discuss this in the comments section below?
Q. Did auDA consider revising the priority cut-off date considering it was originally determined in 2017?
auDA state that they “undertook extensive consultation on the cut-off date at the end of 2019, and a clear majority of the community supported keeping the cut-off date as 4 February 2018. Based on this consultation, auDA considers the current cut-off date remains sound.”
We ask auDA the following question: Please transparently reveal how and when you undertook “extensive consultation” of the cut-off date and please transparently reveal exactly how many numbers you are talking about when you state “a clear majority of the community” want to keep the cut-off date to 4 February 2018.
We hope an auDA Representative will answer this question either in the comments below, or some other means.
For answers to some other Direct .AU Registration implementation questions, you can see auDA’s new blog about this.