Accountability and reporting

We're committed to ensuring accountability and transparency in the way we operate and in our procurement activities. We report details on our annual budget, corporate planning and procurement.  

Performance and accountability

Each year we provide details of what we intend to achieve, why we've chosen these goals, how we plan to deliver them and whether they were achieved. This information appears in our:

  • Annual budget statement
  • Strategic corporate plan
  • Annual report.

Budget statement

We publish our budget and direction statement in May each year. It outlines what we aim to achieve and the expected performance results for our programs. It appears in the Australian Government's Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio budget statement.

View the portfolio budget statements

Strategic corporate plan

We develop a plan each year to establish:

  • Our strategic objectives
  • Key activities we'll undertake to meet them
  • Performance measures.

It also includes an analysis of:

  • Our operating environment
  • Our capability to deliver what we promise
  • A forecast of demand for our services
  • How we will monitor and manage risk.

Our corporate plan

Annual report

We produce our annual report at the end of the financial year. It includes financial outcomes and how we performed against our objectives.

You can view our previous reports within the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio's annual reports.

View the portfolio's annual reports

Other governance frameworks

Our activities each year are also guided by:

  • Our Customer Service Charter which outlines our service commitments
  • Principles set out in our Cost Recovery Implementation Statement showing how we cover some of the costs of administering IP rights
  • The Regulator Performance Framework (RPF), which aims to reduce unnecessary or inefficient regulation. We complete a self assessment against the RPF each year.

These documents are available below. 

Procurement and contracts

We publish details of current contracts and expected contract opportunities in the year ahead.

Our procurement contracts

Each financial and calendar year we compile a list of all active procurement contracts valued at $100,000 or more, in accordance with the Senate Order on listing entity contracts guidelines.

You can find our reports by searching for us on AusTender.

Our procurement plan

Expected contract opportunities for the next year are set out in our Annual Procurement Plan.

Annual legal services expenditure

Our total legal services expenditure in the 2020-21 financial year was:

Legal services expenditure 

(AUD) (excl GST)

 External services  $660,343
 Internal services  $1,119,405
 Total  $1,779,748


Public interest disclosure scheme

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013 (the PID Act) encourages and enables public officials to raise suspected wrongdoing within the Commonwealth public sector. It also details how authorities should respond.

Under the PID Act:

  • Disclosers are afforded protection from reprisal and some immunity from liability
  • All Australian government agencies, Commonwealth companies and public authorities must investigate suspected wrongdoing and take appropriate action.

If a PID is made, we follow the portfolio procedures under the PID Act.

How do I make a PID?

You can make a report of suspected wrong doing to an authorised officer. Our authorised officers are the Director General and the Deputy Director Generals.

You can do this:

  • In person
  • Over the phone
  • In writing, including by email
  • Through your supervisor, if you're an IP Australia staff member.

You can also make a public interest disclosure anonymously.

Find out more about the PID scheme from the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Contact us

Seek professional advice

If you are considering reporting suspected wrongdoing, you should review the contents of the PID Act, find out more from the Commonwealth Ombudsman and seek independent legal advice.  

Breaches of the code of conduct

As per section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999, everyone who works at IP Australia Is required to adhere to the APS (Australian Public Service) Code of Conduct. Suspected breaches will be dealt with as per our procedures for determining breaches of the Code of Conduct and for determining sanction.

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Freedom of information

You can request copies of information held by our agency at anytime. Here's how to make a freedom of information (FOI) request, and the other ways of accessing our documents and historical data.

Our customer promise

As part of our commitment to creating a world-leading IP system, customers are the core of everything we do. Our customer service charter outlines our customer commitment.

Our gift register

Our agency heads and staff occasionally accept gifts and benefits while undertaking official duties. To ensure transparency, we document them in a gift register.