Schedule C - Policy 3. CGDN Licence conditions
The domain name licence period is fixed at 2 years.
This means that when a domain name is registered or renewed, it has a fixed expiry date 2 years from the date of registration of renewal. For example, if a domain name is registered or renewed on 1 January 2006, the expiry date is 1 January 2008.
Domain names may be renewed a maximum of 90 calendar days before the expiry date.
The registrant must use the domain name solely for the purpose of operating a community website.
Solely for the purpose
The registrant must use the domain name solely for the purpose of operating a community website on behalf of the local community. The domain name must not be used for the interest or benefit (commercial or otherwise) of an individual person or single entity.
The website must be developed for the benefit of the entire local community, including all communities of interest within the local community. As the website is developed for and on behalf of the community, it must remain accurate, relevant and up-to-date.
As a guideline, website content should include but is not limited to: community events, local business directory, community directory, general information about the community, local news and a community feedback facility.
To provide evidence of the applicant's ability to establish and maintain the website for the local community in an effective and timely manner, the applicant should demonstrate what methods of funding would be developed to fund the website and its maintenance. Support and revenue sources may include government or non-government funding, sponsorship, website advertising, monetary and in-kind donations and contributions.
The registrant may only transfer their domain name licence to another entity if that other entity is eligible to hold the domain name under the policy rules.
There may be circumstances where a registrant is no longer willing or able to hold the CGDN (for example, if they cannot afford to operate the community website) but there is another suitable entity within the local community that could take over the CGDN licence and website operation.
In such cases, the proposed new registrant would need to demonstrate that it meets the eligibility criteria before the CGDN licence could be transferred.
The purpose of this rule is to ensure that CGDNs are only registered to entities that comply with the policy rules at the time of registration and throughout the licence period.
The registrant must not create sub-domains within the community geographic domain name for the purpose of issuing them to third parties.
A registrant must not create sub-domains for the purpose of issuing them to third parties. For example, the registrant of richmond.nsw.au must not create a sub-domain such as plumber.richmond.nsw.au for the purpose of issuing it to a local plumbing business to use separately from the community website.
This rule does not prevent a registrant from creating sub-domains for its own use as part of the community website. For example, the registrant of richmond.nsw.au may create a sub-domain such as plumber.richmond.nsw.au in order to provide a listing of all plumbing businesses in the local area as part of the community website.
The purpose of this rule is to ensure that the use of a CGDN can be protected and controlled by the registrant for the benefit of the local community.
To renew a domain name licence at the end of the 2 year period, the registrant must demonstrate:
i) that it still meets the eligibility criteria; and
ii) it is using the domain name to operate a community website.
A registrant may only renew its domain name licence if it continues to comply with the policy rules, specifically 2(a), 2(b) and 3(b).
The renewal process is not intended to be onerous for the registrant. If there has been no change to the registrant's status during the licence period, then the registrant must simply warrant that it meets the eligibility criteria and is operating a community website. If there has been a change to the registrant's status that might affect its ability to hold the domain name licence, then the registrant must provide further information to demonstrate eligibility.