Consultation Hub

Welcome to IP Australia’s Consultation Hub where you can find and participate in current consultations.

Open consultations are displayed below. You can search for consultations (including past consultations) by keyword, IP right, other interests or audience.

Please visit our archived consultations to see the outcomes of consultations conducted prior to 2020.

We also maintain a Policy Register, which is a list of issues we are considering or currently working on, we welcome feedback on issues or the submission of new issues for our consideration.  

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Closed Consultations

  • Stand-alone Legislation for Indigenous Knowledge: Interim Scoping Study Consultations

    *Update: Late submissions and survey responses will be accepted until Wednesday 9 November 2022* As part of the Australian Government commitment to establish stand-alone legislation to protect Indigenous Knowledge, its Indigenous Knowledge Working Group is conducting a scoping study on... More

    Closed 9 November 2022

  • Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board Regulation Reform Public Consultation

    In March 2013, the Governments of Australia and New Zealand entered into an Arrangement for Trans-Tasman Regulation of Patent Attorneys (Arrangement). The Arrangement aimed to provide a joint registration regime for patent attorneys to practise in Australia and New Zealand. The Arrangement... More

    Closed 2 February 2022

  • Regulator Performance Omnibus Bill 2022

    The Australian Government has released the draft Regulator Performance Omnibus Bill, and is calling for submissions to ensure it is informed by business and community expectations of regulators. The Bill updates or removes outdated administrative provisions across Commonwealth legislation... More

    Closed 14 January 2022

  • Designs Instruments Consultation

    Introduction Currently, after a design application has met its minimum filing requirements it proceeds to a formalities assessment. For these assessments, design applications are currently dealt with in part by the requirements in Schedule 2 of the Designs Regulations... More

    Closed 30 November 2021

  • Proposed changes to UPOV Explanatory Notes on Essentially Derived Varieties

    IP Australia is participating in the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties (UPOV) working group established to consider revisions to the Explanatory Notes on Essentially Derived Varieties under the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention. The proposed changes , drafted by the UPOV... More

    Closed 6 October 2021