The Turnbull Government says it is undertaking a review of management of the “.au” domain in order to ensure it remains fit for purpose in serving the needs of Australians online. A statement published by Comms Minister Mitch Fifield says the not-for-profit .au Domain Administration (auDA) oversees the operation and management framework of the .au domain which was last considered 16 years ago.

“In that time, the digital landscape has changed significantly as the economy increasingly revolves around the Internet,” Fifield said.

The review would be undertaken by the Department of Communications and the Arts and would examine the most appropriate framework for the domain, he added. It would also identify risk and mitigation strategies for the security and stability of the .au domain, the Minister said.

The Government expects the review to be finalised by early 2018.