Today the Panel has released its draft recommendations, following the initial consultation period for the Issues Paper. Below is a short excerpt from the release:
The main recommendation is that, in principle, Australians should be able to register domain names directly under .au (eg. myname.au).
The Panel also proposes some other changes:
- the domain name licence period should be from 1 ‐ 5 years (currently it is two years)
- the policy relating to business names should be updated, to reflect the national business names registration system that came into effect in 2012
- the policy prohibiting misspellings should be retained, but there should be more flexibility in the way it is enforced.
There is now a further public consultation period, to allow stakeholders the opportunity to share their views on the draft recommendations. Submissions close on 30 September 2015 and can be made by email, fax or through an online survey. For further details see the auDA website.
An article discussing the prospect of allowing direct registrations under .au was published on The Conversation this morning (also republished on StartupSmart). The author of the article is Derek Whitehead, Chair of the Names Policy Panel.
In the interests of full disclosure, Ned is a member of the Names Policy Panel and I also personally made a submission on the Issues Paper (and will be making a further submission on the draft recommendations). Don’t forget to have your say!