S TA K I N G YO U R C L A I M O N T H E W E B WHO’S WHO IN THE DOMAIN NAME INDUSTRY ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and • The registry for .edu.au names is AUNIC (Australian fact sheet 2 Numbers) http://www.icann.org Network Information Centre), www.aunic.net The international policy authority for domain names. Registrar The policy for global top level domains, who is eligible A registrar issues domain name licences to registrants. for a name, and what names are allowed is determined Registrars decide whether or not your domain name by ICANN. application meets the policy rules. Registrars have auDA (.au Domain Administration Ltd) direct access to the registry so that they can process http://www.auda.org.au new registrations and renewals, auDA is the government-endorsed manager of the and update registrant contact details in the database. Australian domain name space. audio is an Registrars in the .au domain are accredited and licensed independent, not-for-profit body. auDA grants licences by auDA. Service offerings and charges may vary from to Registry operators. It accredits and licenses registrar to registrar. For more information see the list registrars who can sell domain names in .au to eligible of auDA accredited registrars at individuals, companies or organisations. auDA sets www.auda.org.au/registrars policies for domain registration in Australia, for All auDA registrars also provide global domain services. example the types of names that can be used as Some are ICANN-accredited registrars in their own domain names. It also facilitates the .au Dispute right, others are resellers of ICANN registrars. Some of Resolution Policy (auDRP). them also offer other country code domain services, Registry like .uk or .nz. The domain name registry holds the database of domain Resellers names and operates the nameservers that make the Some registrars use resellers to provide customer sales domain names visible on the Internet. The registry does and support. Resellers do not have direct access to the not have direct contact with registrants. registry, and must process registrations and renewals • Registry details for global domains can be found through their registrar. Resellers are not accredited or through the ICANN website http://www.icann.org licensed by auDA, they are appointed by a registrar. • The registry for com.au, net.au, org.au, asn.au, gov.au and id.au is AusRegistry. See Registrant www.ausregistry.com.au. AusRegistry also operates The applicant or registered domain name holder. a free WHOIS online search facility that you can use to find out whether a .au name is available, and if not, details of who registered it.
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