Hmmm . . Having peeked at the newswire it looks like the registry hasn't removed the restriction relating to an actual business being connected to the domain. That is, there are still prohibitions against purely speculative type-in registrations for parking only.
Yes, Aussie domainers will be celebrating and buying shares of listed AU registrars.
Recommendation 2f: The Panel recommends that the close and substantial connection rule should remain unchanged, but the clarification policy relating to domain monetisation should be strengthened to provide additional protection to brand names.
To maintain the Australian identity of the .au domain space. The Panel believes it is important that policy rules continue to require that .au registrants have an association or nexus with Australia, in order to differentiate the .au domain from other TLDs.
This means that misspellings of trademarks and compound words that include trademarks will not be allowed. It won't be any easier for non-Australian domainers to buy .au domains.
As long as you can load contextual ads on a parked page, you can get around the C&S rule. There are also thousands of dumb parked pages that carry the business address and a contact form. You can't buy a domain and not host it for speculative reasons.
The auDA Board has approved an implementation plan for the new transfers policy. Key features of the new policy are as follows:
it will not be allowable to register a domain name for the sole purpose of resale or transfer to a third party
registrants will not be able to transfer their domain name for the first 6 months after the initial registration (this does not apply to domain names that have been renewed or previously transferred)
after 6 months, registrants will be able to offer their domain name for sale/transfer by any means (eg. by listing the domain name for sale on a domain brokerage website, advertising the domain name for sale in a newspaper, or contacting a prospective buyer directly)
registrant transfers will be processed by the registrar of record using a standard transfer form, and the registrar may charge a transfer fee
parties to a transfer will be asked to disclose the sale method and price, on a voluntary and confidential basis, so that auDA may collect aggregated statistical data to improve access to market information for buyers and sellers.