To be eligible to register an .org.au in Australia, the simple premise is that you must be a not-for-profit organisation. auDA specifies all the rules here.

However, there are some registrars out there that simply don’t have the necessary checks in place. Anyone can register an .org.au without evidence of being a non-profit. Generally these registrars are overseas based – and amongst the biggest! The same rules don’t apply to .org – so maybe it is hard for them to differentiate?

This same topic has been covered many times on Domainer.

To its credit, the auDA compliance team have over time done a number of audits to weed out and delete non-compliant registrations.

But with direct registration around the corner, and priority being generally given to the oldest existing domains, another audit is now definitely needed.

Here is just one example

Yesterday, the domain name Recycle.com.au appeared on the expired auctions (the domain was “Policy Deleted” by auDA), and Domainer has been told it went for a substantial sum to a respected domain name investor. Congratulations to them.

With .au registrations commencing next year, like many people I’m always interested to see who may have “priority / first dibs”. In this case, it appears the net.au has sole priority.

But guess what? Someone registered recycle.org.au about 6 months ago. I have deleted identifying info in this screenshot.


Do you know of others?

If so, please list them. auDA does read Domainer! 🙂

12 thoughts on “Some Registrars Allow Non-Compliant Registrations

  • November 21, 2021 at 11:04 am
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    How about a .net.au .id.au .asn.au .org.au audit?

    This is a major Consumer issue if auDA wants to try and charge a new additional conflicted names process fee, and ineligible registrants and names are left still in the process.

    AuDA, Afilias and Registrars will take new Conflicted names fees unfairly knowing the competing names are not actually eligible to qualify! Yes they know. They can’t pretend they don’t know.

    There are thousands of these still registered. If policy was being followed, they should have all been policy deleted by now by auDA and Registrars.

    Why not? Because all of the above make $$$ Money.

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    • November 21, 2021 at 3:14 pm
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      Meanwhile auDA keeps patting themselves on the back with “awards” and Massive KPI Bonuses..

      I believe there were huge additional bonuses paid out this year from auDA funds to themselves. But they wont advise stakeholders or fee paying .au domain consumers the details of these!

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  • November 21, 2021 at 12:31 pm
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    Loans.org.au

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    • November 21, 2021 at 8:32 pm
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      Another GD registration. 🙁

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  • November 21, 2021 at 1:39 pm
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    These two are registered via GoDaddy.

    Law.org.au

    Insurance.org.au

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    • November 21, 2021 at 8:30 pm
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      Thanks Geoff. I imagine these will get taken down reasonably quickly.

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  • November 21, 2021 at 3:55 pm
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    There are over 56000 “.org.au” domains currently registered.

    wreck.org.au – check out the website. It appears to be owned by CONSTABLE CARE CHILD SAFETY FOUNDATION INC – but check out the video content on the website?

    wordpress.org.au

    amazon.org.au – Amazon Corporate Services Pty Ltd but at a gmail email address?

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    • November 21, 2021 at 8:26 pm
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      Great examples Rob. Unfortunately, people like this do make it tougher for legitimate domain investors who play by the rules.

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  • November 21, 2021 at 8:03 pm
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    porn.org.au is for sale on Dan.com. Registrant is a Fixed Unit Trust.

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    • November 21, 2021 at 8:27 pm
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      And you can lease it too Simon! Happy days.

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  • November 30, 2021 at 8:32 pm
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    Another by Go Daddy >>> moto.org.au

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