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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 registrar services is delegated by auDA to the Domain Administration Committee (eDAC).

Governing bodies

.au Domain
Administration Ltd

.au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) is the Australian Government endorsed and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recognised policy authority and industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain space. auDA performs the following functions:

  • develop and implement domain name policy

  • license second level domain registry operators

  • accredit and license domain registrars

  • implement consumer safeguards

  • facilitate .au Dispute Resolution Policy

  • represent .au at ICANN and other international fora

  • technical management of the .au zone file

  • manage and maintain a secure and stable domain name system Domain
Administration Committee

Established by the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee (AICTEC), the Domain Administration Committee (eDAC) has been delegated policy and management responsibility for the domain name by auDA.

Through representation from and consultation with key stakeholders, eDAC maintains the policies relating to the administration of the domain, in addition to monitoring developments and providing advice to auDA and other key agencies on issues related to the domain space. eDAC membership comprises:

  • one Commonwealth Government representative

  • one higher education sector representative

  • two government school sector representatives, one Catholic school sector representative, one Independent school sector representative

  • two Vocational Education and Training sector representatives

Basic governance structure

Management of the domain space

sub-delegates responsibility via

Governance policy

specifies the terms of reference for


publishes and manages policy

administered and applied by


provides registrations and support to

Education sector

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