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Roles, governing bodies and governance structure

Education Services Australia Ltd

Website operator and registrar service provider


Education Services Australia (ESA) is a national not-for-profit company owned by the state, territory and Australian Government education ministers. ESA works collaboratively in the interests of all Australian education jurisdictions to provide technology-based solutions through developing cost-efficient, sustainable products and services that can be adapted in response to emerging technologies and changing needs of the Australian education and training sector.

For more information about governance, products and services offered, please visit the ESA website.


ESA was established to:

  • advance key nationally agreed education initiatives, programs and projects by providing services including:
    • researching, testing and developing effective and innovative technologies and communication systems for use in education
    • devising, developing and delivering curriculum and assessment, professional development, career and information support services
    • facilitating the pooling, sharing and distribution of knowledge, resources and services to support and promote elearning
    • supporting infrastructure to ensure access to quality-assured systems and content and interoperability between individuals, entities and systems

  • create, publish, disseminate and market curriculum and assessment materials, ICT-based solutions, products and services to support learning, teaching, leadership and administration

  • act as required as the legal entity for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council.

The registrar service

ESA has been the sole authorised registrar for since 2003. registrar services were originally provided by Ltd, which merged with Curriculum Corporation in 2010 to form ESA. was appointed as the registrar for by the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee (AICTEC), who were delegated policy responsibility for the domain space by the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA).

Since the dissolution of AICTEC in 2013, ESA is authorised to deliver registrar services for by .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space endorsed by the Australian Government. Policy and management responsibility for the domain space is set by auDA on the advice and recommendations of the Advisory Committee (eAC).

.au Domain Administration Limited (auDA)

auDA is a not for profit organisation that works with a range of stakeholders including industry, government and the Australian and international community to develop and administer the rules for domains in the .au country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD).

The .au ccTLD is part of Australia's critical infrastructure, and auDA have been endorsed by the Commonwealth Government to ensure it is a safe, accessible and trusted Australian public asset for all internet users. auDA also has an agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - the international body covering ccTLDs.

auDA's purpose is to manage and maintain a secure, resilient and stable Domain Name System (DNS) by:
  • developing and implementing domain name policy;
  • licensing 2LD registry operators
  • accrediting and licensing registrars;
  • implementing consumer safeguards
  • facilitating dispute resolution;
  • representing Australia's domain name interests internationally;
  • technical management of the .au zone file; and

For further information please see Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee (eAC) is constituted as an Advisory Committee to the auDA Board.

The functions of eAC are to provide advice and recommendations to the Board on:
  • matters impacting on the stability or performance of the domain (and its child zones).
  • changes to the Published Policies and the .au Licensing Rules and auDA Published Policies to ensure the utility and sustainability of the domain.
  • management of the domain, including, but not limited, to the appointment of registrars for the domain.
  • appropriate communication and education strategies for the education sector on how to apply for and manage an domain name licence.

eAC comprises members from the Commonwealth Government, the Higher Education sector, the Government and Independent Schools sectors, the Vocational Education and Training Sector and the Child Care and Early Learning sector.

Further information about eAC, including the Terms of Reference and current membership, can be found on the auDA website.

Basic governance structure

Management of the domain space

establishes and sets

Terms of Reference

constitutes and specifies function of


provides advice and recommendations on

.au Licensing Rules

applies to services provided by


provides registrations and support to

Education sector

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