2017 Policy Review Panel Terms of Reference

Purpose

The auDA Board has convened the Policy Review Panel to make recommendations on:

  1. the development of an implementation policy for direct registration; and
  2. policy reform, of the policies set out in Annexure “A”.

The Panel in performing its functions must have regard to 2015 Names Policy Panel Final Report recommendations as well as the following matters:

a)     establishing mechanisms to ensure auDA is responsive and accountable to the supply and demand sides of the Australian Internet Community;
b)     promotion of fair trading;
c)     promotion of consumer protection; and
d)     adopting open and transparent procedures which are inclusive of all parties having an interest in use of the domain name system in Australia.[2]

Chair

The auDA Board has appointed John Swinson, Partner King & Wood Mallesons as the Chair. 

Members

The Panel will consist of up to 6 members other than the Chair.  The Panel will include at:

  • least one supply and one demand class member,
  • a peak business body representative, 
  • a consumer protection representative,
  • an academic with expertise in Internet policy or domain names, and
  • a representative from an Australian government regulator.

Panel members will be appointed by the Chair on the basis of their individual skills, experience and knowledge of the domain name industry. The Chair will also seek to achieve a fair balance of stakeholder interests.

Membership of the Panel is on a voluntary basis, although auDA may assist with reasonable expenses (refer to Operations below). Panel members must be prepared to commit their time and effort for the duration of the Terms of Reference.

Operations

The Panel will determine its own operational procedures.

The Panel will undertake at least two public consultations on each stage of the policy reform process, and may use a range of consultation mechanisms, including working groups and online and face to face forums.

The Chair will provide regular progress reports to the auDA Board. auDA will provide secretariat and other operational support to the Panel.

auDA may provide reasonable financial assistance to Panel members where required, for example in the case of not-for-profit organisations and individuals whose participation in the Panel is not funded by their employer. Such assistance will be provided at auDA’s discretion.


 

Annexure A — List of Published Policies

No.

Title

2015-01

Complaints Policy

2014-09

Reseller ID Application Form

2014-08

DNSSEC Policy and Practice Statement (DPS) for the .au Domain

2014-07

WHOIS Policy

2014-06

Reserved List Policy

2013-05

Registrar Accreditation Application Form

2013-04 

Registrar Accreditation Criteria

2013-03 

auDA Information Security Standard (ISS) for Accredited Registrars

2013-02 

Transfers (Change of Registrar of Record) Policy

2012-04 

Domain Name Eligibility and Allocation Policy Rules for the Open 2LDs

2012-01 

Registrant Review Panel Rules
List of auDA Review Panelists

2011-03 

Transfers (Change of Registrant) Policy

2010-07 

Registrant Contact Information Policy

2010-03 

Registrar Review Panel Rules
List of auDA Review Panelists

2010-01 

Domain Renewal, Expiry and Deletion Policy

2008-09 

Prohibition on Misspellings Policy

2008-07 

Mandatory Terms and Conditions Applying to .au Domain Name Licences  

2008-04

Policy Rules and Guidelines for Community Geographic Domain Names (CGDNs)

2007-02 

Interim Policy on Use of Wildcard DNS Records in .au

2004-01 

Complaints (Registrant Eligibility) Policy

2002-29 

Domain Name Password Policy

2013-01 

Clarification of Auto-Renewal Services under the Code of Practice

2012-05 

Guidelines on the Interpretation of Policy Rules for the Open 2LDs

2008-11 

Clarification of Permissible Own Use Registration by Registrars

2002-16 

Registrar Agreement - Meaning of Reseller

2002-15 

Registrar Agreement - Clarification of Clause 14.1.7 


 

[2] Constitution of .au Domain Administration Ltd, cl 3.2