A couple of days ago, I wrote this article about people and businesses rorting the system by registering .org.au domain names when they were not entitled to do so. I urged auDA to take action by doing an audit (just like they sometimes do to us domain investors when they get an anonymous complaint).
Well, I got so many calls and emails and LinkedIn messages in support about this. Absolutely amazing.
Probably one of the best calls I got was from auDA’s Compliance Manager (Steph). Not only did she thank me for highlighting these examples, she promised that she and her team would be taking immediate action.
Importantly, she also acknowledged that work needed to be done on ensuring all auDA accredited registrars are aware of the rules – and that they put systems in place to start applying them.
So well done to you Steph – good to see that there is someone at auDA trying to do the right thing. I have compiled an interim list of .org.au non-compliant domains below for your attention. This will probably be added to as we go along.
Just when you thought things were on the improve, a voice from on high at auDA ordered that the “Domain Priority Tool” (that has been in existence for a long time) be turned off.
Why? Because I had done a screenshot of the two domains showing what extensions they were registered in.
For an organisation that keeps trying to tell everyone how transparent and accountable they are, this action certainly flies in the face of that.
The silly thing about this punitive move is that the info is still available – it just takes extra clicks.
So “voice on high”, how about doing the right thing by your stakeholders and turn it back on? It really is a fantastic tool, and is a great service.
Interim List of Non-Compliant .ORG.au Domains – Updated 17:50
If you feel so inclined, please check your own domains to see whether there is a matching (non-compliant) .org domain name, and list it in the comments. We’ll make sure it gets to the attention of auDA.