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Trade mark examiner FAQs

When do we advertise trade mark examiner positions?

Can I apply for the job of a trade mark examiner if I am not an Australian citizen?

Do you have age limits for applicants?

How do I apply?

Where are interviews conducted?

How do you assess applicants?

When do we make an offer to the successful applicant?

Where will I be working?

If I am to relocate to take a job, can you help me relocate?

How will I be trained?

What is the starting salary?

How do achieve salary advancement?

What are my career prospects as a trade mark examiner?


When do we advertise trade mark examiner positions?
Advertising occurs when we need trade mark examiners. If you wish to receive notifications about advertised positions, you can register your interest.

Can I apply for the job of a trade mark examiner if I am not an Australian citizen?
To be eligible to apply you must be an Australian citizen.

Do you have age limits for applicants?
Trade mark examiners are selected on merit not age.

How do I apply?
To apply for a trade mark examiner position log on to our online recruitment system.

Where are interviews conducted?
Interviews are conducted in Canberra. If you are an interstate applicant, we will meet the cost of your flight to Canberra. Alternatively, we can arrange for a telephone interview.

How do you assess applicants?

Applicants will be assessed in two stages, application, written test and interview. Referee comments will also be obtained verbally after interview as required.

Stage 1: Application

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their written application and responses to the work based questions. Your stage one application will be assessed to determine your suitability to progress to the next stage of the assessment.

Stage 2: Written Test/Interview
Applicants will perform a practical computer-based test of approximately 30 minutes in duration designed to assess your ability to comprehend new material, analyse issues, pay attention to detail and communicate clearly and accurately. The test will be followed by a face to face or telephone interview conducted by a Selection Advisory Committee.

Referee reports will be obtained after interview as required.

When do we make an offer to the successful applicant?
We make offers to successful applicants shortly after their interview.

We will advise you of your start date if we make you an offer.

Where will I be working?
Positions are in Woden, Canberra.

If I am to relocate to take a job, can you help me relocate?

As a successful applicant, we will meet reasonable costs associated with relocating from within Australia. This may include:

  • travel costs from your current place of residence to take up a position
  • the cost of relocating your dependants, furniture and household effects
  • temporary, short-term accommodation.

How will I be trained?

You and other successful applicants enter a training program when starting with us. The initial training focuses on training in specific technical skills and includes examination work under close guidance. This is followed by consolidation of your skills with further on-the-job training. As a condition of engagement you are required to successfully attain the Acceptance Delegation (APS5) within 18 months of commencing employment as a Trade Mark Examiner. If you do not do so you may have failed to meet a condition of engagement and action may be taken to terminate your employment.

We provide new trade mark examiners with the required training and support to complete the requirements needed to perform their roles. 

What is the starting salary?
Trade mark examiners generally start at APS4 on the pay scale, which is outlined in our enterprise agreement.

How do achieve salary advancement?
There is an expectation that you progress through all classifications in the broadband. Should you meet the requirements, you could potentially move through the levels to become an APS6 trade mark examiner in as few as two to three years.

What are my career prospects as a trade mark examiner?
Positions for trade mark examiners are in the trade mark and design examiner (APS4-APS6) broadband. Progression through the broadband is determined by many factors, including the successful completion of our Competency Based Training Package.

The benefits of being in a broadband structure are that if you meet specified requirements you can advance to the next classification:

  • without waiting for a position to become available
  • without a formal interview process.

Last Updated: 16/12/2013

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