What’s the news?
As of 1 July 2018, .au namespace is now managed by new registry manager Afilias Australia. This ends its contract with AusRegistry after more than a decade!
As an Australian business owner, you likely have a website ending in the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Australia – .au. Until 1st July 2018, the registry and national domain name infrastructure have been operated by AusRegistry.
Afilias will help auDA ensure the .au namespace maintains its great global reputation for reliability and security.
How will this affect my website or domain name?
Thankfully, it won’t. However, there are some new guidelines which have been established. These include:
- All .au domain names (.com.au, net.au, org.au, id.au, asn.au, edu.au, and gov.au) can now be registered and renewed for between one and five years.
- A 14-day grace period is imposed for all domain names that are due to be removed between June 30 and July 14, 2018. This means that deletion of domain names will not take place during this time to verify data integrity and lessen potential issues after the transition.
What can I do from here?
Despite the .au registry changes, the expiry date of your domain name/s will remains the same. However, with the new registration periods, you can now extend the expiry date of your currently owned domain names.
This means that if you’re renewing your .au domain, it may be worth selecting the 5 year renewal option to secure your domain name for longer, with fewer renewal requests and processes.
If you have purchased your .au domain with DigitUX, simply get in touch with us to take advantage of this option. If you haven’t purchased your domain with DigitUX, we can transfer your .au domain free of charge and then enable this option. Simply contact us if you have any questions.