The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) was last year charged with responsibility over the administration of Commonwealth’s second level domain (2LD), .gov.au. Domain names in Australia are mostly registered at the third level — yourname.com.au — with 2LDs comprising org.au, com.au, net.au, id.au, and asn.au open address; a closed csiro.au, edu.au, and gov.au address; the legacy conf.au address; and restricted local community group addresses such as act.au, nsw.au, and wa.au. The .gov.au 2LD is usually reserved for the federal government and its initiatives. As the .gov.au registrar, DTA is responsible for approving and managing .gov.au domain names. Once approved, the .gov.au domain name data is passed to the Top Level Domain (TLD) .au registry, which maintains a master list of gov.au domain names, used to point internet users to the right websites when they search for a domain name. Previously, domainname.gov.au was a self-service portal which included a payment service. “The portal was a proprietary product, meaning we had limited control over it and could not build on it to improve the service. The portal was retired in early 2018 with the temporary solution that the DTA will pay for and provide manual processing for all .gov.au domains,” the DTA explained in a blog post. The DTA’s mandate includes: Domain management, including changing name servers; assessing Australian government and state and territory government domain name applications against the policies, and registering once approved; support for the domainname.gov.au website; and 24-hour emergency support. The federal government’s agile department is currently building a… [Read full story]
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