Australia will conduct a review of how the nation's .au top level domain is managed.

Minister for communications Mitch Fifield says it's needed because current arrangements have been in place since the year 2001, when the not-for-profit .au Domain Administration (auDA) got the job of operating and managing the .au domain.

Rather a lot has changed since 2000, which is Fifield's main motivation for the review.

Left unsaid in the ministerial press release is that auDA has had a turbulent year, with its CEO resigning after pushback on a plan to suppress publication of board minutes.

The organisation has also faced criticism over the decision to operate a hasty tender process to outsource operation of the .au registry.

The organisation also recently admitted to lax governance after an expense management review found few controls on travel spending and a tax liability arising from staffers' overseas trips.

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