auDA has announced the extension of the .au registry contract for .au has been extended for another two years until 30 June 2024.
Afilias who is the current .au registry operator won the registry tender in 2017, and transitioned to operating the registry on 1 July 2018. At the time the transition from incumbent to Affilias scored a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for the larged ever ccTLD registry move.
Under the 2017 tender the contract was for a period of four years with the most this extension taking the contract out to a six year term.
auDA has reported that as part of the contract extension addition requirements were placed on Affilias including:
- regular cyber security exercises between auDA and Afilias;
- implementation of ISO 31000 risk management framework;
- additional system integration to support validation of domain name registrations and DNS query logging;
From a user perspective and like its predecessor, Afilias has operated a robust registry. The contract extension comes as no surprise although the only news of it was a press release buried on the auDA website.