According to smh.com.au, folowing the led of New Zealand and the Britain, Australia’s regulatory body for domain names, .au Domain Administration (auDA), recently announced its 2015 Names Policy Panel proposal that individuals and entities should be allowed to register domain names directly under .au, for example www.abc.au in addition to .com.au
Under the proposal, domains ending with com.au, net.au etc would remain available but direct registrations under .au “would create more options”
“They include names that are shorter, more appealing and more memorable. “They would make the domain name system simpler and easier to use.”
According to the story existing .com.au domain holders will get six months to register for a comparable .au domain and there are 3 million registered domains in Australia today.