auDA ends exclusive negotiations with AusRegistry in relation to the Registry Licence Agreement

Crucial Domains

In December 2016, the Board of auDA resolved to enter into a period of exclusive negotiations for the management of auDA’s registry operations beyond 2018, with AusRegistry, reserving the right to conduct a market exercise, if the Board felt it appropriate.

On Monday April 24 2017, the auDA Board resolved to formally bring these exclusive negotiations to an end and auDA has advised AusRegistry of this resolution.

Further, the Board agreed that a restricted tender exercise, by invitation, will be undertaken. This process will commence initially with a scoping exercise, sourcing expert advice so auDA can build and operate a dedicated .au registry.

The auDA Board believe, as a key piece of national infrastructure, a market exercise is the most appropriate next step in ensuring a rigorous process is undertaken to test the value, accountability and performance of building a best-in-class registry.

AusRegistry will be invited to participate in the restricted tender process, as will other operators, once the scoping exercise and tender documentation is complete. We anticipate this process will take approximately two months, but more detail will be announced in due course. 

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