"The review will be undertaken by the Department of Communications and the Arts and will examine the most appropriate framework for the domain," Fifield said in a statement. "The review will also identify risk and mitigation strategies for the security and stability of the .au domain.
"The Government is committed to working closely with stakeholders on Australia's internet governance. The Department will shortly release a discussion paper seeking input from interested industry and community stakeholders," he said.
According to the terms of the reference paper, the review will examine whether Australia's top-level domain, .au, is being managed consistent with Government and community expectations.
The scope of the review will see the Government involve public consultation to seek industry and community views on best practice approaches and processes for the management of .au to ensure that the governance structure is fit for purpose.
The review will examine and make recommendations on the most appropriate framework for the management of the .au top level domain, how to ensure that Government and community expectations inform auDA's operation and decision-making, and mitigation strategies to address future risks to the security and stability of .au.
auDA said it welcomed the announcement of a Federal Government review into the .au domain, which it claimed will complement internal governance and strategy projects currently underway.
"The .au domain is one of the most trusted domain zones in the world and we look forward to working with the government and Australian internet community to maintain and enhance that position," auDA interim board chair, Erhan Karabardak, said.
"auDA's multi-stakeholder work on the Registry Transformation Project and Policy Review Panel will continue throughout the review.
"It is critical that we have the best possible model for managing the domain, and that our risk and mitigation strategies are among the best in the world," Karabardak said.
The Government expects the review to be finalised by early 2018.
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