2002-30 - Reserved List Policy

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Policy No: 2002-30
Publication Date: 18/12/2002
Status: Replaced by Policy No 2006-02 

1. BACKGROUND

1.1 This document sets out auDA's policy for maintaining the Reserved List of words that may not be used as domain names in the open .au second level domains (2LDs). At the time of publication, the open 2LDs are asn.au, com.au, id.au, net.au and org.au.

1.2 The Reserved List is held in the registry database. Each application for a domain name is checked against the List. The List is publicly available on auDA's web site at http://www.auda.org.au/policy/auda-reserved-list.csv

2. CONTENTS OF RESERVED LIST

2.1 The Board of auDA has determined that, as a general principle, the Reserved List will contain only words and phrases that are restricted under Commonwealth legislation.

2.2 For technical reasons, the Reserved List also includes "www", and the existing generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) and country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs). For example, domain names such as "net.org.au" or "au.com.au" are not permitted.

2.3 Please Note: The previous delegate for the .au domain introduced a restriction on the licensing of Australian place names as domain names in com.au and net.au. It is auDA's intention to lift this restriction in future, once it has determined a suitable method of allocating Australian place names for non-commercial use by the relevant geographic community. Until that time, the Reserved List for com.au and net.au only will contain all Australian place names listed on the Australia Post Postcode Database (general use database), as well as "Australia" and the names and common abbreviations of the Australian States and Territories. The Postcode Database is available on Australia Post's web site at http://www.auspost.com.au

3. USE OF WORDS ON RESERVED LIST

3.1 A registrant may license a domain name that contains a word or phrase on the Reserved List, provided they can demonstrate to auDA that they are authorised to do so under the relevant Commonwealth legislation.

3.2 The table in Schedule A lists the restricted words and phrases, and the consent required for use.

4. REVIEW OF RESERVED LIST

4.1 From time to time, auDA may update this document in line with any amended or new Commonwealth legislation, and to include any new gTLDs or ccTLDs.

SCHEDULE A

WORDS AND PHRASES RESTRICTED UNDER COMMONWEALTH LEGISLATION (at the time of publication)

Word/phrase Consent required by
Commonwealth
Federal
N/A - total restriction applies
Anzac Minister for Veteran's Affairs
Geneva Cross
Red Crescent
Red Cross
Red Lion and Sun
Minister for Defence
United Nations Minister for Foreign Affairs
University Minister for Education, Science and Training
Olympic(s)
Olympiad(s)
Olympic Games
Australian Olympic Committee