auDA is in the process of reviewing the rules for name allocation in the .com.au and .net.au spaces.
According to the Explanatory Guide the significant areas of the proposed changes include:
(1) eligibility rules for the .au namespace (these include allowing registration of second level domain names – i.e., not requiring registration in .com.au or .net.au);
(2) changes to the use of the State and Territory namespaces to include Peak State and Territory bodies;
(3) the use of internationalised domain names in the .au namespace;
(4) the omission of the Domain Monetisation test for com.au and net.au namespaces;
(5) a new prohibition on sub-leasing, renting or otherwise allowing another party to use a licence, except where the Person is a related body corporate;
(6) a public interest test to deal with government requests; and
(7) a new suspension power to provide a more proportionate response to non-compliance with the Licencing Rules.
A roadshow concludes with a public workshop in Brisbane today.
The Consultation page with further documents can be found here.
As part of that review, it is undertaking a survey to gauge community / stakeholder views.
You can take the survey here.