We work with international and Australian agencies to manage the DNS system—the global website addressing system.

Domain names and IP addresses

The domain name system (DNS) underpins the operation of the internet. The DNS is the global database that translates website names (such as www.communications.gov.au) into computer-readable internet protocol (IP) addresses.

We participate in organisations to manage the DNS:

The .au domain

.au is Australia’s country code domain. On 17 October 2017 the Government announced a review of the management of the .au domain to ensure it remains fit for purpose in Australia’s digital landscape.

We have released a discussion paper to seek views on the management of the .au domain.

We expect to report outcomes of the review to Government in early 2018.

The .au domain is managed by the .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA). It is an independent, not-for-profit industry body responsible for developing and implementing .au domain policies.

We are observers at auDA board meetings and we participate in some auDA policy development panels.

The Australian Government also has some powers relating to the Australian domain: