There is a rort going on, and it involves ineligible entities and people registering .org.au domain names when they are not supposed to. They are not following auDA rules, and the regulator seems to be letting them get away with it.
org.au has had the biggest net increase in registrations this year (% wise) – though id.au is now not far behind. March screenshot below – other auDA stats here.
Some years ago, auDA audited .org.au domain names to make sure these were being used legitimately as per auDA policy (Schedule F), the org.au 2LD is for non-commercial organisations.
There were massive deletions then, so maybe it is time to do an audit again auDA?
Perhaps concentrate your compliance weapons on those doing the damage? And educate and ensure that all auDA accredited overseas registrars know the rules! Local registrars seem to comply.
Why should people care?
Here are just three reasons:
- Online scammers / fraudsters can easily register an .org.au using dodgy details (generally through an overseas registrar that is also auDA accredited). They can then then put up a fake eCommerce site. Ching, ching – rinse and repeat.
- Imagine if you have invested a lot of money in a premium com.au domain, and somebody comes along and hand registers a matching org.au domain when they are not entitled to do so. Yes, com.au will always be king, but it does “muddy the waters”.
- With the possible introduction of direct registration being imminent, we have to consider the issue of “Priority Status” – i.e. who has first rights to apply for the .au? If there is an org.au that has been improperly registered, it could “outrank” you.
Here are two examples of not following the rules
There are many non-compliant registrations, but I have opted to show just two – cars org au; and lifeinsurance org au. I have chosen not to give them a link.
Fyi, I have provided screenshots of current “site”; WhoIs; and Priority Status.
LifeInsurance org au
As responsible domain investors and registrants, we are required to follow auDA’s rules – and can suffer severe consequences if we don’t.
The auDA Compliance team seem to be concentrating on pursuing domain investors and other registrants whilst actively ignoring what is a major breach of policy – Illegitimate .org.au registrations.