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Australia’s .Au namespace flat over past year, but gets a Covid bump

Registrations picked up in Q2 but namespace remains flat for the financial year ending in June.

A chart showing domains under management in the .Au namespace. The number was essentially flat from June 2019 to June 2020, with a small drop in .net.au domains

.Au Domain Administration Limited (auDA) published its annual report today for the 2019-2020 financial year that ended in June.

The report shows that .au domains under management are essentially flat over the past year, falling from 3.193 million domains to 3.180 million.

.Au domain names are currently registered only at the third level. The .com.au domain base is up slightly from a year ago, but .net.au fell from 242,000 to 223,000.

But registrations picked up in Q2 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as this chart shows:

Chart showing .au domain name registrations in 2019-2020 compared to 2019-2019. In the latest month, June 2020, registrations were 56,132 compared to 41,467 a year ago.

auDA showed a spike in revenue for the financial year, but the number is obfuscated by a change in revenue recognition policies.

The full annual report is available online (pdf).

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  1. Nobby says

    What the report fails to show in a nice graph is that the number of deleted or dropped domains in the .au namespace, which is greater than the number of new registrations.

    By my calculation the big number on page 16 doesn’t match the number when you add up the individual names shown in the report. I get 3,163,058 for 2020 and 3,175,681 for 2019. Now I’m confused as to the real figures.

    The most important figure is that the .au namespace has shrunk.

  2. snoopy1267 says

    All the talk about bring in a new extension has sucked the life out of it. Add to that the red tape and random deletions. This is an extension to avoid.

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