.au domain name registration and transfers policy
A new policy on transfers of .au domain names will take effect on 1 June 2008.
auDA (the Australian Domain Name Administrator) has announced that key features of the new policy are as follows:
- it will not be allowable to register a domain name for the sole purpose of resale or transfer to a third party
- registrants will not be able to transfer their domain name for the first 6 months after the initial registration (this does not apply to domain names that have been renewed or previously transferred)
- after 6 months, registrants will be able to offer their domain name for sale/transfer by any means (eg. by listing the domain name for sale on a domain brokerage website, advertising the domain name for sale in a newspaper, or contacting a prospective buyer directly)
- the new registrant must comply with normal eligibility and allocation rules:
registrant transfers will be processed by the registrar of record using a standard transfer form, and the registrar may charge a transfer fee
- parties to a transfer will be asked to disclose the sale method and price, on a voluntary and confidential basis, so that auDA may collect aggregated statistical data to improve access to market information for buyers and sellers.
The current Transfers (Change of Registrant) Policy (2004-03) remains in force until 1 June.
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