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Control Over '.org.au' Domains Takes New Turn

Independent Australian domain name registrar NetRegistry has acted on what it calls "unacceptable service levels" and offered to take over management of the '.org.au' domain name space.

NetRegistry said it wants to streamline the application process for '.org.au' names, which is currently managed by the .au Domain Administration (auDA).

According to NetRegistry's own calculations, the average approval time for a '.org.au' name is 25 days, and 21 per cent of applications are drifting in the limbo between acceptance and rejection.

The company maintained it could cut this approval time down to a "guaranteed" two working days.

NetRegistry has not expressed a desire to permanently manage .org.au registrations. Instead, it is offering a cost free administration for 12 months "while the auDA establishes itself and displays leadership in .au domain space administration", said NetRegistry CEO Larry Bloch.

The auDA has not yet responded to NetRegistry's offer.