Update – May 2021

Australian Domain Name News

Uniregistry give up on Australian domain names.

Today when I logged into my Uniregistry account and tried to hand-register a ‘.com.au’ domain name, I was given the following message…

It appears Uniregistry’s sale to GoDaddy has now seen the once-awesome platform for Australian domain names swallowed up by GoDaddy?

When you click the link above, you are literally thrown over to GoDaddy.

How do you feel knowing you can’t use Uniregistry anymore, and have to be a customer of GoDaddy going forward, if you want to keep using Uniregistry?

auDA Board Minutes

Here is an interesting read from the recent auDA board minutes.

6.2 ABN/ACN/Trademark/Business Name Search Tool

“The Board discussed Management’s request for approval for a related party transaction for the provision of an ABN/ACN/Trademark/Business Name Search Tool as a service to registrars. The Board considered the outcome of the RFP process and the legal advice on the conflict of interest and related party transaction issues associated with the transaction (one Director of the vendor provides legal advice to Afilias and the other is an auDA staff member)

The Board resolved to approve the proposed related party transaction with Applied Marks Pty Ltd to provide an ABN/ACN/Trademark/Business Name Search Tool as a service to registrars, subject to including a review of the related party aspects of the transaction every 12 months by the Board.”

It appears that 2 of the Applied Marks Pty Ltd directors, Benjamin Lehman & David Taylor are ex Melbourne IT and have historical contacts with auDA COO, BruceTonkin. David Taylor is employed by auDA.

With potentially 3.2 Million domains needing checking every year the contract must be worth a reasonable amount.

New Drop Catcher Update?

Domainer has reached out to Cam and the DropCatcher.com.au team for an update on how they’re travelling and we understand Cam is currently waiting for auDA’s provisional approval of Drop Catcher’s Registrar Application before he can move forward. I wonder if the auDA Board will approve Drop Catcher’s provisional Registrar Agreement as fast as they approved the “potential conflict of interest” and “related party” contract above?

In the meantime, it looks like Drop.com.au are kicking goals as the lone domain name auction platform selling some big domains on the drops recently, including Delivery.com.au yesterday for at least 5-figures.

Recent Sales

I sold a decent domain last week. I won’t mention the actual name at this point, but I will give you guys the first three letters. I sold “The_____.com.au” for $22,000(.) Could this be the highest sale of an Australian domain name with the word “the” before it in Australia?

Domainer will keep publicising big domain sales when possible. Please email other recent sales to us as this will continue to help show the community the value of our awesome Australian domain names.

6 thoughts on “Update – May 2021

  • May 24, 2021 at 8:54 pm
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    Drop.com.au has officially banned me, within minutes of this post going live.

    Full article coming in the next few minutes…

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  • May 25, 2021 at 7:30 am
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    [QUOTE]It appears that 2 of the Applied Marks Pty Ltd directors, Benjamin Lehman & David Taylor are ex Melbourne IT and have close contacts with BruceTonkin. David Taylor is employed by auDA.[/QUOTE]

    This is quite disturbing that auDA and it’s COO are awarding lucrative tenders to it’s own staff.

    With potentially 3.2 Million domains needing checking every year the contract must be worth a reasonable amount. Even at 5 cents a check that could be $150,000 AUD per annum.

    According to the minutes there was a RFP process yet there seems to be no reference to this tender on any of the usual sites.

    According to the minutes auDA lawyers see no conflict of interest. Even so it would be good to have some transparency. Is anyone out there aware of this RFP? Where was it published? How many bids were received?

    Perhaps auDA could provide a copy of the RFP document. One would assume it was publicly available.

  • May 25, 2021 at 12:40 pm
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    There’s not necessarily anything wrong with Applied Marks being given the job, if they’re the best candidate for it. It would be interesting though to know how many data companies bid for this contract…

  • May 25, 2021 at 6:31 pm
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    Well done on selling TheHub.com.au for $22,000. I am asking a question rather than making a statement, is that a $21,500 profit?

    • May 25, 2021 at 6:34 pm
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      Was that the domain? Or another one?

    • May 26, 2021 at 1:24 pm
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      No and no 🙂

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