2022 has been an historic year for auDA and .au. We celebrated 36 years of .au, launched a new Australian namespace, bolstered .au trust and security, connected with industry peers at home and abroad, ushered in a new era for the .au membership program and much more.
To celebrate the year that was, we’ve highlighted below significant milestones and key achievements across .au and our strategic focus areas of trust, innovation and multi-stakeholder engagement, as set out in our 2021-25 Strategy.
Administering a trusted .au for all Australians is a core component of our purpose and in 2022 we helped more Australians access the benefits of .au through the introduction of the .au direct namespace. Strong community take-up of the new, shorter namespace helped grow the overall .au domain.
We consistently strive to enhance the security and integrity of the .au. Our work in this space is what makes the .au one of the most secure country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) in the world. Here are some of the ways we boosted trust across the .au ecosystem in 2022.
We challenge ourselves every day to innovate and improve .au for Australians and to enable innovation by our stakeholders. 2022 was no exception and marked a significant year of innovation.
Our multi-stakeholder community helps us create value through .au and supports an open, free, secure and global internet for Australians. Here’s a snapshot of some multi-stakeholder highlights in 2022.
We thank all those in the auDA community for their engagement and contributions throughout 2022. We look forward to another productive year in 2023.
*.au is the seventh largest ccTLD by number of reported domain names, according to the Verisign Domain Name Industry Brief Volume 19, Issue 4, December . + According to ICANN’s Domain Abuse Activity Reporting June 2022, compared to 0.18 per cent of generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). ^ .au membership transitioned to a new model on 27 September 2022, as set out in auDA’s Constitution. 3,170 Associate Members opted-in to the terms and conditions of the new model and became auDA Members under the Constitution