Community Domain Names

Regulation of place names on the internet is problematic. PCPN recognises that individual communities should have a right to use their respective place name. However, this community right should not be seen as bureaucratic or as an inhibitor to commercial activity.

The establishment of the Australian Community Domain (auCD) allows the rights of communities to be respected without the need to over-regulate place names in other commercial domains such as .com.au and .net.au.

The auCD system creates new second-level domains for each state and territory, for example .qld.au.

Communities can then apply to use their respective place name as a website, for example, www.koonwarra.vic.au. These websites are ‘one-stop shops’ for all information relating to the local community.