The .au ccTLD had over 700,000 direct second-level registrations at the end of 2022, according to registry auDA.
In its annual report (pdf) published this week, auDA said it had over 716,000 2LD regs. The second level space was opened up in March last year with a six-month grandfathering period.
It had 4,160,209 domains overall at the end of December, so roughly one in six .au regs was a 2LD.
In the comparable .uk liberalization, which had a five-year grandfathering period, at its peak in 2019 roughly one in four names was a 2LD. Today, it’s more like one in 10.
Whether .au will follow the same trend remains to be seen.