Expressions of interest for appointment to the Professional Standards Board

9 June 2016

Expressions of interest are invited from anyone who would like to be an appointed member on the Professional Standards Board for patent and trade mark attorneys (the Board). They're seeking individuals with a sound experience in intellectual property (IP) protection, IP law, statutory interpretation, administrative law, or relevant academic employment to fill at least two vacancies in October 2016.

The Board administers the regulatory and disciplinary regimes for patent and trade marks attorneys in Australia and is established under section 227A of the Patents Act 1990. It consists of a Chairperson and at least two suitably qualified members.


Appointments are usually for three years. Board members are part-time public office holders and receive a sitting allowance set by the Remuneration Tribunal – currently $824.00 per day. Members are expected to be available for up to 10 days per year, with each of the three Board meetings usually requiring two days of a member’s time (including travel). In addition to the sitting allowance, IP Australia provides members with air travel, accommodation and meals to attend Board meetings. Members may claim reimbursement for other travel-related expenses and some incidentals.

How to Apply

Expressions of interest (EOI) should be approximately one page and include a separate (brief) resume. The EOI should address your experience, expertise and interest in the fields mentioned above as well as an indication of qualities that you would bring to the role of Board member. The names of two referees would also be appreciated.

Expressions close on Wednesday 7 July 2016 and should be emailed to: The Secretary, Professional Standards Board for Patent and Trade Marks Attorneys at:

For more information please contact Jeff Carl, Secretary to the Board, on 02 6283 2345.