2017 Policy Review Panel

Interim Report

The Policy Review Panel's Interim report is now available. This report sets out the process undertaken, the progress made, and the work still to be done.

Policy Review Panel Interim Report

Domain Monetisation Clarification

The PRP has issued a statement clarifying its thinking around domain monetisation policy.

Domain Monetisation clarification


Registrant Issues Paper

Submissions to the Registrant Policy Issues Paper consultation have now been published. 

Draft report and policies

The Policy Review Panel will be publishing its draft report on the implementation of direct registration (including a draft policy document) for public consultation in early 2019.  The Policy Review Panel will also publish a Public Consultation Paper in relation to Registrant Policy changes at the same time.

Stakeholders will have the option of making a submission on the entire suite of draft policies.

Keep checking this page for details or sign up to our announcements email list to be notified of when the consultation opens.


About the panel

The 2017 Policy Review Panel has been established by the auDA Board to make recommendations on:

The Panel held its first meeting in Melbourne on the 27th of September, 2017.

Panel Members

John Swinson

Academic Representative
Professor Dan Hunter

Government Representative
Jeff Hole

Business Representative
Nicola Seaton

Consumer Protection Representative
Narelle Clark

Supply Class Member
Brett Fenton, Melbourne IT

Demand Class Member
Ian Halson



The Policy Review Panel has been tasked by the auDA Board to develop an implementation policy for direct registration (transitional arrangements) and to review, simplify and consolidate existing published policies into three policies:

  • Registrant Policy
  • Registrar Policy, and
  • Complaints Policy

The new policies will apply to direct registration of a domain name at a second level (2LD), as recommended by the 2015 Names Policy Panel Final Report.

The Policy Review Panel will report to the auDA Board in April 2019.

Panel Documents



There are currently no open consultations. (The Policy Review Panel is currently undertaking public consultation by way of focus group review and feedback.)


Making a Submission

The Panel invites written submissions when the submission periods for public consultation are open. These periods will be open for four weeks. Submissions can be emailed to policy.review@auda.org.au or by post to:

Policy Review Panel
c/o .au Domain Administration Ltd
PO Box 18315

Please note, all submissions will be made publicly available on this website, unless marked confidential. In the absence of a clear indication that the submission is confidential, the Policy Review Panel will treat the submission as public. The Policy Review Panel will not consider nor publish anonymous submissions. 


Meetings and Minutes