Australia’s internet is managed through Australian law, policies and global coordination. The provision of .au domain names is increasingly essential to the nation’s economic and social development. These names are supplied by the .au Domain Administration, auDA.

Internet governance, both locally and globally, is facilitated by the multi-stakeholder model. This is the development and application by governments, the private sector, and civil society, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures. This helps shape the evolution and use of the Internet to be fundamentally open, free and secure. The multi-stakeholder model is supported by the Australian Government.

The Department oversees Australia’s liaison with international groups charged with managing the Internet, such as ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which maintains the Domain Name System (DNS), which translates website names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, making it easier for users to find what they need on the Internet.


Certain types of developments may be exempt from the requirements to install fibre-ready pit and pipe under Part 20A of the Telecommunications Act 1997.
The ACCC has declared a layer 2-bitstream service. This service is called the local bitstream access service (LBAS). The ACCC declared the LBAS in February 2012, and subsequently made a final access determination for the LBAS declaration.
Before You Dig is Australia’s free referral service for information on the location of underground infrastructure.
Illegal and offensive online content is regulated through the Online Content Scheme under Schedule 5 and 7 of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 through a complaints-based mechanism.