Work at IP Australia

We're committed to finding great people to work at IP Australia. If you're interested in a role with us, learn about our recruitment process and see our tips for your application.

Getting started

Take a look at our vacancies for current job opportunities.

View our current vacancies

To apply for a job with us:

  • you must be an Australian citizen, unless the application has other requirements
  • you'll need to sign in or register as a new user in our IP Acquire system.

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Join our employment registers

We're always keen to hear from talented individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Here's how to let us know you're interested in working with us.

Job alerts

If a job isn't currently available in your preferred area, you can register for an email alert if a suitable position becomes available. 

Non-ongoing temporary employment register

Can't find the role you're looking for? If you want to be on our radar when the right opportunity comes along, register with us and we'll get in touch.

Examiner register

Would you like to become a trade mark or patent examiner? Register with us and we'll let you know when we're advertising next.

Join our register 

Hearing impaired applicants

If you are hearing impaired, you can use the National Relay Service on 133677 (TTY) or 1300 555 727 (Speak and Listen) to speak with a contact officer about the position.

How to apply

1. Prepare your application

Once you find a role you're interested in, you'll need to prepare an application that demonstrates why you're the best candidate. Here's some tips to help you stand out.

1. Make sure it's the right job for you

  • Read the Candidate Information Pack and documentation carefully so you're clear about the role.
  • Review the application form so you know what you need to include.
  • Make sure you're eligible to apply for the job. For example, you must be an Australian citizen for all roles with us.

2. Tell us why you're the best candidate for the role

For most applications you'll be asked to include a statement addressing:

  • how your skills, knowledge and experiences make you the right person for the job
  • key examples demonstrating your suitability.

This is the most important part of your application. Your answers will be used to shortlist applicants for interview/further assessment.

How to make your answers shine

Here's some tips to help prepare your statement.

  • Clearly demonstrate that you satisfy the skills/capabilities to the level required.
  • Use examples of achievements which can be verified by a referee.
  • Only include relevant information outlining your achievements.
  • Be concise.
  • Tailor your responses in line with our capability framework.

Want more tips? The Australian Public Service Commission provides advice on preparing your statement.

See the tips

3. Update your resume

Ensure your resume has relevant information, is up to date and isn't longer than two pages.

4. Provide referees

You'll be asked to nominate two referees and their contact numbers in your application. Ideally one of the referees will be your current supervisor.

5. Prepare a draft

Before you submit your application it's a good idea to:

  • draft and edit your application in a separate document
  • check the word count and spelling.

6. Don't miss the deadline

It's your responsibility to ensure your application is completed by the closing date and time specified in the job advertisement.

2. Submit your application

When you're ready to submit your application:

  • log in to IP Acquire
  • copy and paste your draft into the system. You can save your progress as you go and come back anytime
  • submit your application for consideration.

It's important to note that you:

  • won't be able to submit your application if you have skipped any mandatory questions
  • can withdraw and resubmit your application until the closing date
  • can see the status of your application when you are signed in.

Need some help applying?

If you're having any problems using IP Acquire, please contact our recruitment solutions team prior to the closing date.

Get in touch with us

3. Next steps

Once the application period ends, your online application will be reviewed by the selection panel. We'll let you know if you've been shortlisted to the next stage, and if so, what the next steps are.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the contact officer named in the advertisement.

More resources

For more information on working in the Australian Public Service (APS) and how to apply, check out these resources:

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At IP Australia, we play a lead role in helping Australians recognise and protect their great ideas. We also offer a flexible, challenging, and innovative work environment.

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