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! 🙂