6 May 2016

On 6 May 2016, the Australian Government responded to the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property’s (ACIP) report Review of the Designs System.

The Government has agreed to the majority of ACIP’s recommendations.

The report made 23 recommendations focused on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the designs system. These recommendations aim to:

  • improve design protection
  • clarify designs law for owners and third parties
  • streamline the processing of design applications
  • improve harmonisation with international practices.

In 2012, ACIP was asked to review the operation and effectiveness of the Designs Act 2003 in supporting innovation. ACIP released its final report in May 2015.

The review provided an opportunity to assess how well the new designs system functioned over the past decade and how users of the system have responded to the changes. ACIP undertook extensive stakeholder consultation throughout this review. ACIP received a number of public submissions and held roundtable consultations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

The full text of the Government’s response to ACIP’s recommendations and ACIP’s report on the Review of the Designs System is available at Review of the Designs System.