Plant breeder's rights service level commitments

Last updated: 
29 September 2016

Product quality standard tier 1

Product quality standards that relate to matters which would adversely affect (or have the potential to affect) the validity of the intellectual property (IP) right:

  • correct search strategies are adopted
  • all relevant deficiencies are identified.

Acceptable quality level: 93.5 per cent of cases conforming to the product quality standard.

Product quality standard tier 2

Product quality standards that relate to matters which would require a considerable amount of rework and/or inconvenience to the owner or IP Australia:

  • reports are comprehensive and informative
  • reports are free of invalid deficiencies.

Acceptable quality level: 90 per cent of cases conforming to the product quality standard.

Product quality standard tier 3

Product quality standards that relate to matters which are important in terms of the quality of the product:

  • written formalities are complete and correct.

Acceptable quality level: 85 per cent of cases conforming to the product quality standard.

Registration and examination standard

  • 85% of application for plant breeder's rights will have initial examinations conducted within eight weeks of receiving the application.
  • 85% of correspondence relating to the examination of your application will be responded to within 20 working days of correspondence
  • 85% of plant breeder's right will be registered within 10 working days, being satisfied that all criteria for registration have been met.

Hearing decision standard

  • 85% of decisions will be issued within 13 weeks of being heard, unless we receive further submissions or evidence.