Operating Context


As a steward of the Australian IP system, building strong and impactful relationships with domestic and international stakeholders is key to achieving our purpose. These relationships enable us to influence the IP system in a way that serves Australia’s national interests.

We collaborate with the Department of Industry, Science, and Resources, the Office for the Arts, the Attorney General’s Department, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This collaboration enables us to influence the development of Government policy and legislation related to IP, and support growth in industries such as health, agriculture, design and research commercialisation.

Australia’s national economic and security agenda also relies upon the strength and resilience of industries employing critical and innovative technologies. These technologies yield commercial returns and ensure viability for many sectors including Australia’s cyber, defence, space and clean energy capabilities. We leverage our data capability and IP expertise with analytics and economic insight that supports researchers, businesses and Government policymakers to enable these industries to be robust, resilient and internationally competitive.

Exports and trade remain central to Australian business interests. IP Australia supports Australians to export their ideas and goods to the world by engaging internationally on IP matters. We engage with bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and other IP offices to influence international policy and practice. This engagement helps to create consistency for Australian exporters who can better engage with and export to international markets while having confidence that their IP is protected.

We work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the World Intellectual Property Organization and with other IP offices and entities from around the world to influence changes to the global IP eco-system.