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Registry Operator to obtaining & operating multiple generic Top Level Domains - 1002251

RFT ID 1002251
RFT Type Open Tenders
Published 19-Oct-2011
Closes 15-Nov-2011 9:30am
Category (based on UNSPSC)
81112107 - Internet domain names
Agency NSW Procurement

Contact Person
Support Centre - (Mr Phil McConachie)
Phone: 1800 679 289

Tender Details

The state governments of NSW and Victoria are seeking to register the .sydney, .melbourne and .victoria strings and potentially .NSW, as a new Top Level Domain (TLD) through ICANN’s New Generic TLD Program, to ensure this key digital asset is secured for use by the respective Government agencies and their communities.

The NSW Department of Finance and Services as Principal will oversee the development of the application, and is seeking an appropriately qualified vendor to assist it to apply to ICANN to obtain the TLDs and, if successful, to establish, operate, maintain and market the TLDs on a self-funded commercial basis.  

The overarching objectives and aims of the RFP are to seek an experienced registry operator for both governments to: 

-  Work with each government to develop the business case and ICANN application materials for obtaining the relevant TLDs, for consideration and final approval by each government.

-  If approved, lodge the application(s), and monitor progress through the evaluation process and respond to any issues arising. 

-  If the application(s) are successful facilitate the establishment and commercial operation(s) of the successful TLDs on a self-funded basis and under a revenue sharing arrangement with each state government.

-  Reserve second level domain names for use by public bodies and government agencies.

Adhere to all ICANN requirements for the application and operation of a gTLD.


Refer to Additional Details / Instructions

RFT Type

Open Tenders - An invitation to tender by public advertisement with no restriction placed on who may tender. Tenderers will normally be required to demonstrate in their tender that they have the necessary skills, resources, experience, financial capacity, and in some cases licences, accreditations, etc., to fulfil the tender requirements.

Additional Details / Instructions

Only a downloadable SOFTCOPY version of this RFT is available for downloading.
No CD or Hardcopy available.

First time visitors to this web site who wish to OBTAIN a copy of this RFT will need to Self-Register on this web site to gain access to any documents.

To obtain this RFT/EOI and any FUTURE related Amendments that may be issued, you must download to your own computer all the files provided (including from time to time any Amendments), by clicking on the DOWNLOAD A SOFT COPY - Free link at the bottom of this page and follow the on-screen instructions.

Your completed Tender response should be lodged as required by the RFT documents.
It can be lodged electronically via this web page.

Click on the Lodge a Response link at the bottom of this page and follow the on-screen instructions.

Electronic Tender Box Security
During the lodgement process all submitted responses received successfully are encrypted by the system for security and stored securely in the web site  “electronic tender box”.

All responses that are received can only be accessed, un-encrypted and opened after the RFT has officially closed.
This is done though a controlled Tender Opening process managed  by the Agency’s Tenders Opening Committee.

Tender Response confirmation & receipt
A detailed system generated electronic receipt is issued for all responses received successfully.

To be able to open and read or view the downloaded files for this RFT you may require certain software listed below to be installed on your PC:   

· Adobe Acrobat Reader  5.0 (or more recent).  Free trial version is available from Adobe web site.
· WinZip 7.0 (or more recent) or equivalent.  Please click here WinZip to be taken to a free evaluation download site now.

Additional software which may also be required, including the following, depending on the file types provided:

*  Microsoft  Word 2003
*  Microsoft  Excel 2003

Other requirements:
**  An Internet connection to lodge completed responses.

This web site has been optimised for the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers. 

The minimum requirements are as follows - IE version 5.5 or later, Firefox 1.0, Netscape Navigator Ver 4.7 or later with Cipher Strength = 128bit. Suggested minimum monitor resolution is 800x600.

Your web browser MUST be set to accept cookies. You will not be able to Register or access the documents if cookies have not allowed.

The Tenderer is responsible for the provision and installation of the necessary software.

Having Problems?
Having problems with logging in, responding, downloading, opening or viewing files, please refer to the FAQ section under the On-line ?HELP button in the tool bar at the top of this page. 

Address for Lodgement

Only by this eTendering web site at

Conditions for Participation

Refer to the relevant sections in the RFT documentation