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Media Release

The Hon Senator Helen Coonan Minister for Communications,

Information Technology and the Arts 060/05 23 May 2005

Australian place names to be available on the net The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, today welcomed the announcement that Australian location names will soon be made available for registration as domain names.

The release will be managed by auDA (.au Domain Administration Limited), the body responsible for managing the and domain.

“The release of domain names will give Australian businesses the opportunity to associate their online activities with the name of their city, town or suburb,” Senator Coonan said.

“The release will interest businesses with a strong local identity and engagement in particular suburbs or towns.”

Only applicants who are registered to conduct trade in Australia and can demonstrate a close and substantial connection with the geographic name will be eligible to apply for the ballot.

“The process has been designed to be fair,” Senator Coonan said.

“Applications for commercial geographic domains will be accepted for 60 days from 1 June. If more than one application is made for the same domain name, the name will be balloted.

“Later in the year there will be a separate release of eight new State and Territory domains which will provide the opportunity for all communities throughout Australia to establish an online presence that directly relates to their geographic location.”

Examples of the community geographic domain names are and

Use of the domain names would be restricted to community websites that reflect community interests, such as local community associations, tourism, historical information, special interest groups, and cultural events.

More information on the release of geographic domain names to business can be found at

Information on the intended release of community geographic domain names is available from