2008-03 - Reserved List Policy

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Policy No: 2008-03
Publication Date: 28/03/2008
Status: Replaced by 2011-02

1. BACKGROUND

1.1 This document sets out auDA's policy for maintaining the Reserved List of names 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 Reserved List.

2. CONTENTS OF RESERVED LIST

2.1 The Reserved List contains names (includes letters, numbers and hyphens) that:

a) are restricted under Commonwealth legislation; or
b) may pose a risk to the operational stability and utility of the .au domain.

3. NAMES THAT ARE RESTRICTED UNDER COMMONWEALTH LEGISLATION

3.1 The table in Schedule A lists names that are restricted under Commonwealth legislation, and the consent required for use. A registrant may license a domain name that contains a name in Schedule A, provided they can demonstrate to auDA that they have the requisite consent.
3.2 In relation to use of the name “university”, the enforcement mechanisms outlined in Schedule B apply.

4. NAMES THAT MAY POSE A RISK TO THE OPERATIONAL STABILITY AND UTILITY OF THE .AU DOMAIN

4.1 From time to time, auDA may place a name on the Reserved List that, if used as  a domain name, may pose a risk to the operational stability and utility of the .au  domain.

4.2 The decision to place a name on the Reserved List under paragraph 4.1 must be approved or ratified by the auDA Board.
 

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

Please Note: auDA may update this Schedule from time to time, in line with any amended or new Commonwealth legislation. 

SCHEDULE B

DOMAIN NAMES CONTAINING THE WORD "UNIVERSITY"

BACKGROUND

Restriction on use of word “university” under Commonwealth and state legislation

Under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and regulations, people forming companies are prevented from using the word “university” or letters, words or expressions of like import to the word including abbreviations such as “uni” unless they obtain permission first from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). Similarly, under the various state and territory business names acts, businesses cannot register a name that uses the word “university” or letters, words or expressions of like import unless they obtain permission first from the relevant state/territory regulator.

Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth), and the various state and territory higher education acts, it is an offence for any person (whether a company or an individual) to describe themselves as a university (or using like words) when they are not a university and are not approved to use that term.

Restriction on use of word “university” under auDA policy

The word “university” has been placed on the Reserved List because its use is restricted by Commonwealth legislation. A registrant may license a domain name containing the word “university” provided they demonstrate to auDA that they are authorised to do so under the relevant Commonwealth legislation.

auDA accredited registrars are not required to check that the registrant of a domain name containing the word “university” has the requisite authorisation. Domain name registration is based on registrant warranty, ie. the registrant warrants at the time of registration that they are compliant with auDA policy. auDA reserves the right to delete the domain name if the registrant is found to have made a false warranty.

ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS

Complaints-handling process

The following process will apply where auDA receives a formal complaint about a domain name containing the word “university”:

1. auDA will ask DEEWR  to advise whether the registrant is authorised to use the word “university”.
2. If DEEWR advises that the registrant is authorised to use the word “university”, then auDA will take no further action.
3. If DEEWR advises that the registrant is not authorised to use the word “university”, then:
a. auDA will instruct the registrar of record to delete the domain name for breach of policy, and the domain name will enter “pending delete” status for 14 calendar days
b. whilst the domain name is in pending delete, the registrant may lodge an application with DEEWR for consent to use the word “university”
c. if DEEWR advises that an application for consent has been lodged, then auDA will reinstate the domain name pending the outcome of the application
d. if DEEWR advises that the application has been approved, then auDA will take no further action
e. if DEEWR advises that the application has been rejected, then auDA will instruct the registrar of record to delete the domain name for breach of policy, and the domain name will enter “pending delete” status for 14 calendar days
f. at the end of the pending delete period, the domain name will be dropped from the registry.

Audit process

auDA will conduct quarterly audits of the registry database for domain name registrations containing the word “university”, and send the audit results to DEEWR.

DEEWR will notify auDA if any of the registrants are not authorised to use the word “university”.

In the case of registrants who are not authorised to use the word “university”, auDA will follow step 3 of the complaints-handling process outlined above.