Important information regarding .au domain names
Please note that the following changes will come into effect on July 01, 2018.
This month is the last AusRegistry will act in the role of Registry Operator of the .au name space.
AusRegistry currently manages all current and open second level .au names, including: com.au; and it also manages the restricted government (gov.au) and education (edu.au) extensions. AusRegistry’s role includes keeping information on the party responsible for each domain name (registrant), information that’s available via the WHOIS service, and the systems that convert a name to an Internet Protocol (IP) address (DNS service).
However, this changes on July 1, when Afilias takes over the reins – a change being called one of the biggest in the history of .au namespace.
Flexible Registration Periods
All Australian ccTLDs will be available for registration and renewal for your choice of 1-5 years from July 01, 2018. Change of Registrants (CoR’s) will only be available for a 1-year re-registration on launch, however, this is expected to be changed, offering a choice of 1-5 years.
Live Websites Will Not Be Affected
The .AU registry will be migrating from AusRegistry, to the new registry operator, Afilias over the weekend of the 30th June 2018.
Internet users should not notice any difference as the DNS will operate uninterrupted. However, registrants/users will not be able to be create, renew, transfer, or change domain names during the maintenance period.