Update on the Registry Transformation Project

Posted by Cameron Boardman on 5 May 2017

Background
On 26 April 2017, we announced our decision to conduct a restricted tender exercise to enable auDA to build and operate a dedicated .au registry. We also announced our intention to commence an initial scoping exercise, sourcing expert advice where appropriate to facilitate this process.

This decision was not taken lightly. We appreciate the complexity and unique expertise required to build and operate this key piece of national infrastructure.

Appointment of Dr Bruce Tonkin
We’re therefore delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Bruce Tonkin to the auDA team, as the Registry Transformation Project Lead.

Dr Tonkin was most recently Chief Strategy Officer for Melbourne IT Limited. He was involved in the founding of auDA, and has been a regular participant in the Competition and Names Policy Advisory Panels since formation. He has also served nine years on the Board of ICANN (Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers). 

Registry Transformation Project
The Registry Transformation Project team will be assisted by an Industry-led Advisory Panel, in addition to a Registrar Liaison Board.

The composition of the Industry-led Advisory Panel will be announced shortly and auDA is now seeking expressions of interest from registrars for the Registrar Liaison Board.

Expressions of interest can be forwarded to [email protected] stating the Registrar, the individual nominee representative, contact details and a short statement as to why you would like to participate in the project.

Announcements around the composition of the Industry-led Advisory Panel and the Registrar Liaison Board, will be made after the May 22 Board meeting.