The .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the administrator and self-regulatory policy body for domain names registered in the .au namespace, has deferred the launch of second level registrations and the new licencing rules from Q4 2019 to H1 2020 to conduct further public consultation.
For further details, please see the auDA announcement at the following link:
This includes workshops being conducted in a number of capital cities and online between 15 October 2019 and 17 October 2019, and an invitation to make written submissions between now and 31 October 2019. To register to attended one of the workshops or for details on how to make a submission, please also see the link provided above.
Specifically for edu.au registrants, we would like to draw your attention to Schedule A of the ".au Licensing rules - consultation draft" document (page 47) at the above link as this is intended to replace the eligibility and allocation criteria under the existing edu.au Registration Policy.
While Schedule A is not intended to result in any substantive changes to the criteria, our current understanding is that auDA will be requiring all edu.au registrants to agree to the new licencing rules upon registering a new or renewing an existing domain once they have been implemented and we would welcome your comments and feedback.