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.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.

April 27, 2008 in Intellectual Property | Permalink


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