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Organisational structure

We comprise of seven business groups:

  • Policy and Governance Group
  • People and Communication Group 
  • Business and Information Management Solutions Group
  • Customer Operations Group
  • Finance, Reporting and Property Group
  • Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group
  • Trade Marks and Designs Group

The Director General

The Director General of IP Australia is a designated chief executive officer under the Financial Management and Accountability legislation, and is directly responsible to the Minister for Industry for the effective, efficient and ethical use of the agency's resources. The director general has agency head powers under the Public Service Act, delegated from the secretary of the department.

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Policy and Governance Group

The Policy and Governance Group is responsible for:

  • developing strategies for directions and policy on IP and for the growth of our business
  • setting and managing the strategic direction of our relationships with customers, stakeholders, international agencies and other IP offices
  • managing our legislative and parliamentary responsibilities
  • IP Australia's legal services

People and Communication Group

The People and Communication Group is responsible for human resource management and strategic communications, including:

  • delivery of human resource management strategies and services
  • managing our awareness and education initiatives 
  • managing IP Australia's external websites, the Intranet, e-business channels and coordination of the online manuals

Business and Information Management Solutions Group

The Business and Information Management Solutions Group is responsible for delivering and managing information and technology that enables our business to function efficiently.

Customer Operations Group

The Customer Operations Group is responsible for:

  • administering patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights effectively and efficiently
  • maintaining the Register of Patents, the Register of Designs, the Register of Plant Breeder's Rights and the Register of Trade Marks

Finance, Reporting and Property Group

The Finance, Reporting and Property Group is responsible for supporting the effective and efficient operations of the organisation. The core services are:

  • financial management
  • property and security management
  • monitoring the organisation's performance

Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group

The Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group is responsible for granting patents and plant breeder's rights, including:

  • examining patent applications and granting patents
  • examining plant breeder's rights applications and registering plant breeder's rights
  • conducting hearings and issuing decisions on disputes relating to registration, refusal and licensing of these rights

Trade Marks and Designs Group

The Trade Marks and Designs Group is responsible for:

  • granting trade mark and designs rights
  • examining trade mark and design applications
  • registering trade marks and designs
  • conducting hearings and issuing decisions on disputes relating to the registration or refusal of trade marks and designs rights

Last Updated: 26/3/2014

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