Careers at IP Australia


IP Australia is a Government agency with a passion for bright ideas. We offer a flexible workplace and rewarding career paths in the IP industry.

If you get excited by creativity, innovation and breakthrough technologies, you should consider applying for a job at with us. We offer stimulating jobs with strong career paths in the exciting and fast-growing world of Intellectual Property.

Vacancies - closing soon

Closing date:
31 December 2016
Closing date:
7 November 2016
Closing date:
8 November 2016
Closing date:
13 November 2016

Work experience program


We are committed to supporting students from the ACT Region in their studies and transition into working life through the IP Australia Work Experience Program (WEP).

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Current vacancies


View our current vacancies to see if there is an employment opportunity right for you.

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Indigenous recruitment


We are committed to embedding acknowledgement of and respect for Australia’s First Peoples and are constantly looking for ways to increase the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in our organisation.

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Working as a patent examiner


Imagine the satisfaction you'll get from seeing a new product enter the market place knowing that you played a role in granting the inventor a robust patent right.

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Working as a trade mark examiner


A trade mark examiner reviews trade mark applications to make sure they meet the requirements for registration under the Trade Marks Act 1995. In doing so, trade mark examiners are among the first people to see new developments in technology and marketing.

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ICT professional profiles


IP Australia is working to define the capabilities sought and expected of people who are performing ICT professional roles. The role definitions provided here will eventually cover all roles that are involved in the development, maintenance, support and ongoing management of IP Australia’s ICT systems and environment.

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Working with us

We encourage work-life balance too, which means that while you work hard, there is also flexibility for you to spend time doing the things you like to do, outside of work. We provide equal opportunity to employees through our Workplace Diversity Program and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples. 


Your wellbeing is important to us. As per the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 we have:

  • a no-smoking policy
  • a zero-tolerance approach to harassment, discrimination and workplace bullying.

We provide staff with access to a range of programs including:

  • flu vaccinations
  • annual heath assessments
  • skin checks
  • breastfeeding friendly workplace


  • 15.4 per cent superannuation employer contribution
  • professional development such as leadership programs, talent management, study assistance, in-house training programs
  • flexible working hours (available after the successful completion of training)
  • a range of family friendly policies
  • salary packaging options
  • an office shut down between Christmas and New Year's Day.

A great place to live and work

Most of our positions are in Canberra. Many people consider relocating from all over Australia to live and work in the nation's capital and experience the unique lifestyle it has to offer.

APS Values and Code of Conduct 

It is a requirement of working with us that you uphold the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct in carrying out your day-to-day responsibilities.

APS Values & Code of Conduct



Our Enterprise Agreement

Our Enterprise Agreement is struck between our management bargaining representatives and employee bargaining representatives. Work is continuing on a new draft enterprise agreement.

Our Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan guides the organisation's future direction so it can continue to fulfil its purpose to deliver a world leading intellectual property system that builds prosperity for Australians.

IP Australia Strategic Plan 2015-2018