The Drop List explained

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What is the Official .au Domain Drop List?

The Official .au Domain Drop List contains expired and deleted .au domain names that are due to be purged from the .au Registry. Once purged, a .au domain name becomes available for registration on a first come, first served basis subject to auDA policy rules.

 

The drop list can be viewed at https://www.ausregistry.com.au/official-domain-name-drop-list/.

 

 

When will a .au domain name appear in the Official .au Domain Drop List?

A .au domain name will only appear in the drop list when it is in either ‘Expired Pending Purge’, ‘Pending Policy Delete’ or ‘Pending Delete’ status.

 

 

How does a .au domain name obtain the ‘Expired Pending Purge’, ‘Pending Policy Delete’ or ‘Pending Delete’ status?

A .au domain name is in the expiry period (‘Expired Hold’ status) for 30 days before its status changes to ‘Expired Pending Purge’ – at which point it is in a non-recoverable stage. After being at least 24 hours in the ‘Expired Pending Purge’ status, the .au domain name is purged from the database at the next purge cycle.

 

A .au domain name that has been policy-deleted is in ‘Pending Policy Delete’ status for 14 days before it is eligible to be purged at the next purge cycle.

 

A .au domain name that has been client-deleted is in ‘Pending Delete’ status for 3 days before it is eligible to be purged at the next purge cycle.

 

 

I can’t see these statuses in the .au WHOIS. How can I tell what status a .au domain name is in via the .au WHOIS?

A .au domain name in the ‘Expired Hold’ registry status shows the following fields in the .au WHOIS output:

 

Status

serverHold (Expired)

Status

serverUpdateProhibited (Expired)

 

A .au domain name in the ‘Expired Pending Purge’ registry status will display the following in the .au WHOIS output:

 

Status

serverHold (Expired)

Status

serverRenewProhibited (Expired)

Status

serverUpdateProhibited (Expired)

 

As you can see above, the only addition is the status of serverRenewProhibited, which indicates that the .au domain name is now in a non-recoverable state and must purge.

With the ‘Pending Policy Delete’ status, a .au domain name will appear in the WHOIS output as:

 

Status

pendingDelete (Client requested policy delete)

 

Finally, a .au domain name in the ‘Pending Delete’ status will appear as:

 

Status

pendingDelete (Client requested delete)

Status

serverRenewProhibited (Client requested delete)

Status

serverUpdateProhibited (Client requested delete)

 

Can .au domain names in the Official Domain Drop List be removed before they drop?

.au domain names with the status of ‘Pending Policy Delete’ or ‘Pending Delete’ may be undeleted by the deleting registrar at any time up until they are purged, and thus not become available for registration.

 

Expired .au domain names in the ‘Expired Pending Purge’ status cannot be removed from the list before they drop as they cannot be renewed.

 

 

When is the purge cycle for .au domain names?

The purge cycle occurs daily at 3:00AM UTC (1.00PM AEST or 2.00PM AEDT).

 

UTC stands for Coordinated Universal Time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coordinated_Universal_Time) and is a successor to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

 

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is +10 hours offset from UTC.

 

Australian Eastern Daylight (saving) Time (AEDT) is +11 hours offset from UTC.

 

The .au Registry operates in UTC.

 

 

When will a .au domain name drop?

If a .au domain name's eligible purge date and time is before 3:00 AM UTC of the current day, then it will drop on the current day.

 

If a .au domain name's eligible purge date and time is on or after 3:00 AM UTC of the current day, then it will drop on the following day.

 

An exception to the above is when a .au domain name is client-deleted within the first 3 days of creation. It is purged immediately.

 

 

Examples:

Eligible Purge Date and Time (UTC)

Current Date and Time (UTC)

Purge?

2012-JAN-04 03:00:00

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

Yes

2012-JAN-04 16:34:09

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

Yes

2012-JAN-05 00:13:45

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

Yes

2012-JAN-05 02:59:59

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

Yes

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

No

2012-JAN-05 07:01:32

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

No

2012-JAN-05 23:41:02

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

No

2012-JAN-06 01:28:06

2012-JAN-05 03:00:00

No

 

More information about the life cycle of .au domain names can be obtained from the Domain Renewal, Expiry and Deletion Policy (2010-01).

 

How can I register .au domain names as soon as they are purged or dropped from registry?

An important recommendation would be to utilise what is known as a ‘domain catching’ service. There are a few 'domain catching' providers for .au domain names who can be found via the following search terms (we cannot directly recommend any service so as not to show any favouritism).

  • .au domain snapper
  • .au domain drop
  • secure expired .au

These companies use computers to register domain names within moments of becoming available. You can enquire with them if they provide a notification service and it may be prudent to utilise all of the services in order to obtain the domain name in question.

 

Please be aware that you will be competing with other people who may want to register the domain name as well. It is essentially an auctioning service, so the final price to you may end up being a significant amount depending on demand. That is the unknown factor in this situation.

 

More information about the registrars being utilised for the `domain catching’ service providers can be found at http://www.auda.org.au/registrars/.

 

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