[DNS] Australia registers more .au than .com domains

[DNS] Australia registers more .au than .com domains

From: Ron Stark <ronstark§snapsite.com.au>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 20:27:49 +1000
OK.  So IBM, BP, Price Waterhouse Coopers and little old me run a credit
union for my staff.  Woo Hoo - I can register snapsite.bank, then.
Josh (sorry Josh :-)) possibly runs his own self-managed super fund.  So he
gets josh.bank.au.  Real clear and easy to administer ...........


From: dns-bounces+ronstark=snapsite.com.au&#167;dotau.org
[mailto:dns-bounces+ronstark=snapsite.com.au&#167;dotau.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, 30 June 2007 17:36
To: .au DNS Discussion List
Subject: Re: [DNS] Australia registers more .au than .com domains

I totally agree with Edwin.

Further to this, I have always said that with industry specific domains, you
must be within that industry. Therefore only a bank could register a domain
using the .bank.au extension.

This already applies for domain extensions such as .gov.au and .edu.au, so
this concept is nothing new. In effect, the .gov.au and .edu.au domains are
examples of industry specific domains. Do you see any untoward activities in
these namespaces? Any phising? Any cyber-squatting or domain speculation?

As for conflicts, there's would be far fewer as it is limited to each
industry. For example only plumbers of the name Joe would be interested in
joes.plumbing.au whereas every Joe from every industry would be interested
in joe.com.au.

Edwin Groothuis wrote: 

On Sat, Jun 30, 2007 at 04:52:13PM +1000, Ron Stark wrote:


I can think of a mere handful of bank.au domains - anz, cba, commonwealth,

qld, westpac, boq, queensland, suncorp, bendigo, city, citi and so on.  Then


Plus hundreds of credit unions?


come the grey areas over which disputes would inevitably arise from each of

the competing "legitimate" registrants:  lending.bank.au, finance.bank.au,

cheap.bank.au, friendly.bank.au, local.bank.au, regional.bank.au,

credit.bank.au, community.bank.au, farmers.bank.au, your.bank.au,

online.bank.au, internet.bank.au and a whole lot of others.


The policy of the bank.com.au, just like the policy of the .museum

and .areo, will probably prevent you (and everybody else) from

regestrering them.


But wait ... there's more!  I do newsletters for a certain bank as part of

my business.  I then qualify to register newsletter.bank.au, because there's

already a close or substantial connection.  I also resell domain names

therefore I qualify for domains.bank.au.  Oh - websites, too, which gives me


These too.



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