In my opinion our industry is still being subjected to excessive delays in implementing changes recommended during previous policy reviews.
auDA is still unable (or unwilling) to provide me with any reasonable plan on when variable length registration periods or direct registrations might become available to customers. They have offered assurances that the specifications for the Registry Transformation Project have a requirements for the new registry provider to be able to support both requirements via configuration changes. I cannot see how the new registry provider could cater for or test various scenarios which might be put forward by the 2017 Policy Review Panel so I still think they are approaching the policy review and the registry transformation back to front.
auDA has however announced that the "how" of Variable length registration periods and Direct registrations is going to be looked at by the 2017 Policy Review Panel.
There is going to be a discussion paper released in the near future and there will be an opportunity for public comment. No dates have been released yet but I belive this opportunity for public comment is crucial so that we can properly protect the rights of all current .com.au registrants and to lobby for a period of grandfathering rights to minimise upfront costs for those holding larger portfolios of domain names.
I will endeavour to keep customers updated an any progress made by auDA on the most significant change of our time.
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In a nutshellDomain Shield is a Domain Drop Catcher, we provide a no win no fee competitive registration service to secure dropping .au domains.
Our service is very simple to use and does not require you to be at your computer during your lunch hour.
We are an auDA accredited registrar.
What does it cost?Access to our service costs $500.
Your signup fee will be credited to your account and can be used to catch/register or renew domains in the future.
Offers on expired domains start at $25 including GST for two years .au registration, the price doubles as you go up by a level.
You can cancel the service and receive a full refund within 30 days.
We do not have any hidden costs and GST is clearly included in the offer amount.
How good are we?Generally a drop catcher is only as good as their last catch but unless you do this on a daily basis this means nothing to you.
This is why we offer a no-win no-fee service, where you only pay for domains we actually catch.
That said though we have a good pedigree and considering our size I like to think we punch above our weight division.
Over the last six months we have caught about 50% of the $'s and about 65% of the domains we have competed on.
It is worth bearing in mind that we only have about 1/5 of the resources of our main competitor who is the self proclaimed 800 pound gorilla of the drop market ;-)
What happens afterwards?Once we have secured your domain name we will invoice you and you can pay via credit card or for larger domains via EFT (Bank Transfer).
We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express (Amex)
We do no publish information about the price you paid for the domain.
How do I start?You need to buy the "Competitive Domain Registration" by clicking the Signup button below.
What is Domain Drop Catching?
auDA (the governing body for .au domains) describes it as:
"When a domain name has expired or has been deleted and someone would like to pick up the name when it becomes available for registration, we recommend that a person or organisation employs the services of a domain drop catcher. A drop catching service allows a person to lodge a pre-application for a domain name before it is due to drop, and then uses a special software program to attempt to "catch" the domain name at the registry as soon as it drops.
Without the necessary knowledge or technology it can be quite difficult for the general public to pick up these names. While we don't recommend one over another it is advisable to thoroughly research and decide who offers the best service in this area for yourself. It's important to note that there is usually a fee for using a drop catching service, in addition to the domain name registration fee that you will be charged if the service is successful in catching your domain name. Another feature of many drop catching services is that, if more than one person is interested in a domain name, there will be an online auction and the highest bidder will win the right to be the sole applicant for the domain name through that particular drop catching service. It is important to note that while employing the services of a drop catcher improves your chances of picking up a domain name it does not guarantee it as there could be several domain catchers competing to pick up the same name that is about to be dropped."
Contact Domain Shield
You can email us via email@example.com
Alternatively you can call/sms Anthony Peake on +61 (0)403 793 351