4 May, 2023

auDA was saddened yesterday to hear of the passing of Tony Staley.

In addition to his many contributions to public life, Tony was Chair of auDA from 2000 to 2015.

In 2000, auDA was a nascent organisation, established to administer the .au country code top level domain (ccTLD). Working with a volunteer Board and small, dedicated team of staff, Tony led negotiations with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Australian domain name industry supporting the successful delegation of .au to auDA. 

Throughout his tenure at auDA, Tony contributed significantly to the organisation including guiding the organisation through the establishment of the .au registry / registrar business model and the auDA Foundation, the first tender for the .au registry and commencing community consultation on .au direct. He was a strong supporter of auDA’s role as a leader in the ccTLD community. 

auDA Chair Alan Cameron AO said, “Tony is remembered by auDA as a tireless advocate for the .au and a great Chair, who was instrumental in both raising awareness of .au and driving innovation in the .au domain.”

auDA CEO Rosemary Sinclair AM said, “Tony’s commitment to the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance is a legacy that continues today. auDA thanks Tony for his contributions and, together with the .au community, mourns his passing. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”