the auDA (Australian Domain Administration) will be releasing their new domain name drop process as of 18 April 2010.

The following changes are made to the Domain Renewal, Expiry and Deletion Policy

• expired and deleted .au domain names will be published on the Official Domain Drop List at the time when they become “eligible for purge”

• eligible expired and deleted domain names will be purged from the registry at 1.00pm AEST (2.00pm AEDT) every day, including weekends and public holidays.

The changes will be implemented during a scheduled registry outage on 18 April 2010. The Official Domain Drop List will be published on the auDA website (linked from the homepage) at the end of the registry outage on 18 April 2010. The new purge time will commence the next day on 19 April 2010.

Essentially this change to the policy will have no impact to clients that renew domain names prior to the expiry date. Clients transferring to 101 Web Technology Domain Registration service should start the transfer process well before the domain expiry date. This takes into account the time it takes to go through a regular transfer of registrant which can take at least 48hours.

This is also a timely reminder to ensure that your associated registrant details are up to date for your domain. If contact details are incorrect especially email, then the domain may not be easily renewed and may lapse the reminder and expiry periods and you may lose your domain. You can check your details are up to date at if you have a domain registered with us you can login to administer your domains, clients that have domains with other registrants can use our Whois lookup under Domain tools on

If you have any questions or want to know specifics about the new policy and how it may affect you, get in touch or leave a comment below and we will get back to you.

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