Update From the auDA Chair

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Dear Associate Members and friends of auDA,

It’s been a busy month since your new Board took office at auDA’s annual general meeting, and it seems hard to believe that we’re already heading rapidly into the holiday break.

Despite the change at the Board level, the important work of auDA is continuing, and I wanted to give you a quick update on some of the work under way, and our focus into the new year.

Board

The Board is meeting three times before the break. Being an entirely new Board, we have been using some of this time to get to know each other, consider our committee structure, and establish our processes and operating rhythm. The membership of committees and Board minutes will be published on the auDA website as they are approved.

We have a great breadth of industry and governance experience across the new Board, and I’m really encouraged by the level of conversation and working relationships already evident.

CEO

One of our first priorities is the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation, and we have devoted a significant amount of time to this important task. We have several highly qualified and impressive candidates whom we are interviewing this month, and I hope to be able to make an announcement early in the new year.

Policy

Public consultation on auDA’s licensing rules has continued throughout October and November, with many people participating in the workshops and webinars, and around 1,000 people completing the online survey. The Board will be reviewing the feedback from these consultations later this month and considering any recommended changes in the new year. You can find the feedback from the consultations and stay up to date with the process via the auDA website.

Members

Directors were delighted to meet with many Victorian Associate Members at auDA’s offices following our Board meeting earlier this week, and we look forward to hosting similar events with Directors and Associate Members around Australia in 2020. auDA’s membership program is continuing to grow, with more than 1,600 members signing up to have a voice in and stay abreast of developments in the .au name space. Associate Membership is free, with a range of benefits, and takes just a minute. If you’ve not yet signed up I would encourage you to do so here.

Our next quarterly stakeholder update will be available at the end of January, and I look forward to communicating with you further in the new year.

On behalf of my fellow Directors, auDA management and team, may I wish you all the best for the festive season, and a very happy and safe 2020.

Regards,

Alan Cameron AO
Chair, .au Domain Administration

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