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Proposed .au Internet domain review.

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Senator the Hon Helen Coonan Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate

Media Release

Media Contact: Jane McMillan 0438 690 305

078/06 14 August 2006

Proposed .au Internet Domain Review

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, today announced a review into the policy, administrative and regulatory arrangements that underpin the operation of the .au Internet domain.

“The .au domain has been operating under an industry self-regulatory model for over five years. In that time the Internet has grown significantly in both economic and social importance to Australians,” Senator Coonan said.

“As with any self-regulatory model, it is appropriate to conduct a periodic review to ensure policy goals continue to be met and .au continues to be administered efficiently, effectively and in the best interests of all Australian Internet users.

“The review will be conducted by my department and will include consider a range of matters related to .au as recommended in the April 2006 Report of the Taskforce on Reducing Regulatory Burdens on Business (Banks Taskforce).

The review will specifically consider competitiveness, cost effectiveness, consumer protection aspects of domain name arrangements in .au domain, security and stability arrangements within .au domain, emerging Internet issues, technical standards and the global policy environment.

“I am currently considering the terms of reference for the review and will announce them shortly”, Senator Coonan said.

“The views of the current domain operator, .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), together with domain name registrars/resellers and Internet users, will be an important input to the review.”

auDA is a not-for-profit body which the Australian Government endorsed in December 2000 as the appropriate body to administer the .au domain space. The Government holds reserve powers in relation to domain names under the Telecommunications Act 1997.