Thirty years of plants breeder’s rights in Australia

The month of May marks 30 years since the Plants Varieties Rights Act 1987 (PVR Act) commenced in Australia. Nearly 9000 applications for new plant varieties have been filed since its commencement.

The current Plant Breeder's Rights Act 1994, which replaced the PVR Act, established an internationally harmonised regime for grants in new plant varieties. This legislation led to the introduction of end point royalties system, radically changing the Australian wheat industry and the commercial viability of developing new grain varieties. In 2004, IP Australia took over responsibility for administering the PBR scheme from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Our plant breeder's rights (PBR) examiners do an excellent job in enhancing Australia’s reputation globally. Despite being a relatively small PBR team, we have a significant international presence, fostering international cooperation and work sharing between 74 countries.

The PBR logo is now a familiar sight on labels in garden centres and nurseries throughout Australia. Keep an eye out for it next time you’re plant shopping!

More information

Looking to register your new plant variety, or just want to find out more about PBR? Visit our plant breeder's rights section and learn:

Published: 
5 May 2017

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