- .com.au – Commercial entities
- .net.au – Commercial entities (historically only ISPs, but the use has been broadened)
- .org.au – Associations and non-profit organisations (historically only for organisations that did not fit in other categories)
- .edu.au – Educational institutions (see Third-level domains, below)
- .gov.au – Governments and their departments (see Third-level domains, below)
- .asn.au – Associations and non-profit organisations
- .id.au – Individuals (by real name or common alias)
- .csiro.au – CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
The Board agreed with the majority views expressed in the Panel’s final report, that the introduction of direct registrations would:
- make available domain names which are shorter, more appealing and more memorable
- give Australians more choice is deciding what domain name to register
- respond to market demand
- be more attractive to natural individuals than the current option, id.au
- strengthen the “.au brand” in a globally competitive market
- add value to all three main categories of users – registrars and resellers, registrants and ultimate users of the .au domain name system.
auDA will now undertake a comprehensive policy development process and further stakeholder consultations to determine the best approach for implementing direct registrations in .au, including taking into account the impact on existing registrants, in a manner that is consistent with the .au policy and regulatory framework, and that maintains the overall stability and integrity of the .au DNS.
Other ccTLDs have also started offering first level registrations for the first time. In June 2014 direct .uk domain registrations were introduced.
auDA sent the survey to 97,000 randomly selected registrants in com.au, net.au, org.au, asn.au and id.au. The survey was also sent to a representative sample of the general population provided by the market research company. In summary, the results showed that 60% of respondents would be likely or highly likely to register “yourname.au” if it was available. Click here for the full results of the survey.
The Board noted that the independent market research results closely corresponded with public comments received by the Panel, which showed that approximately two-thirds of respondents were in favour of direct registrations.