auDA reduces its .au domain name fee* by 25 percent

Second fee reduction in less than twelve months

Melbourne, April 28, 2005: Effective from 1st May 2005, .au Domain Administration (auDA), the administrator of .au domain names, will reduce the fee it charges registrars for .au domains by 25 percent from $7.50 to $5.50.

auDA’s fee reduction is the second in less than twelve months. In June last year auDA reduced its fee from $10.00 to $7.50.

Chris Disspain, CEO of auDA said, "We continue to make reductions as the volume of .au registrations increases and we further refine auDA’s management and administrative functions. It is proof that Australia’s self-regulatory system for domain name administration is serving both the industry and .au customers well.”

Mr Disspain said the integrity of the .au domain space was driving much of the demand as well as the fact that more and more businesses were deciding to brand themselves as “Australian”.

“Many Australian businesses, particularly exporters, realise that they’re trading on the very fact that they’re Australian and this means “.au” in the online world.”

“There is also a growing awareness of the integrity of .au. auDA has strict policies in place that mean (with a few exceptions) only registered Australian businesses can register a .com.au or .net.au domain name.”

The total amount registrants pay for a .au domain name is made up of the domain name fee charged by auDA, together with registry and registrar charges. .

* The auDA domain name fee does not apply to csiro.au, edu.au or gov.au domain names.

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