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Governance and administration

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Education Services Australia Ltd

Education Services Australia (ESA) is a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers. The company was established to support delivery of national priorities and initiatives in the schools, training and Higher Education sectors, in particular to advance key nationally-agreed education initiatives, programs and projects by providing services such as:

  • 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 e-learning, and
  • supporting national infrastructure to ensure access to quality assured systems
         and content and interoperability between individuals, entities and systems
ESA works closely with the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (ACARA), the Australian Institute of School Leadership (AITSL) and the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
In Affiliation With

.au Domain Administration Ltd

The .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is the policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space.

The key functions of auDA include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and implementing domain name policy
  • Licensing second level domain (2LD) registry operators
  • Accrediting and licensing registrars
  • Implementing consumer safeguards
  • Facilitating .au Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Representing .au at ICANN and other international fora.

.edu.au Domain Administration Committee

The .edu.au Domain Administration Committee (eDAC) monitors developments, contributes to major policy for, and provides advice to key agencies on issues related to monitoring and regulating the edu.au domain space.

eDAC comprises of representation from:

  • The State and Territory Government schools sector
  • National Catholic Education Commission
  • Independent Schools Council of Australia
  • The Vocational Education and Training sector
  • The Higher Education sector

Do you know the history of .edu.au?

In 1984, Mr Robert Elz of Melbourne University held the authority to administer the .au namespace under international delegation from Jon Postel of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). In 1990, Mr Elz sub-delegated his authority to manage second level domains (such as .edu.au) to other individuals and entities. The Name Administrator for the .edu.au domain space was Mr Geoff Huston until February 2001.

In 1999 the internet industry established .au Domain Administration Limited (auDA) as an industry self-regulatory body to manage the .au domain space and in December of 2000, auDA was formally endorsed by the Australian Government as the appropriate authority for administration of the .au domain space. In 2001 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN), having taken over management of IANA, formally transferred the delegated authority to administer the .au domain from Mr Elz to auDA.

In July 2001, the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) decided that policy responsiblity for the .edu.au domain name space should reside with the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee (AICTEC) as a national, cross-sectoral committee responsible for providing advice to all Australian Ministers of Education and Training on the economic and effective utilisation of information and communications technologies in Australian education and training. Through sub-delegation from auDA, AICTEC was given overarching responsiblity. for .edu.au policy.

In November 2001, AICTEC established an advisory group in the .edu Domain Administration Committee (eDAC) comprising a broad cross-sectoral education and training sector representation to monitors developments, contributes to major policy, and provides advice to agencies related to the .edu.au domain space.

Governance and Responsibilities.