As at 31 July 2023 auDA reported that the number of contended domain names had dropped to 6,060. Contended domains are .au domain names where more than one eligible party has applied for the .au for example test.au.
We previously reported that in November 2022 there were 6,301 contended .au domain names, these recent figures show a gradual rather than a significant decline. The chart below shows the gradual decline:
As the September 2023, anniversary for token renewals approaches it will be interesting to see how many applicants will continue to pay their renewal fees. We expect to see a decline and a more pronounced reduction in the number of contented .au domain names. This is set to be the litmus test for .au.
Watch this space