On 7 November 2017, the Director General of IP Australia declared, in accordance with the relevant intellectual property rights legislation, those days when the Canberra office will not be open for business. A copy of the declaration is attached.
The close-down provisions in the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994, Designs Act 2003, Patents Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1995 and Olympic Insignia Protection Act 1987 each state when the Designs Office, the Patent Office, the PBR Office and the Trade Marks Office are not open for business.
During the period 1 January 2018 – 1 January 2019, the Canberra office will not be open for business on all Saturdays and Sundays in this period and the following dates:
|Monday 1 January 2018||New Year’s Day|
|Friday 26 January 2018||Australia Day|
|Monday 12 March 2018||Canberra Day|
|Friday 30 March 2018||Good Friday|
|Monday 2 April 2018||Easter Monday|
|Wednesday 25 April 2018||ANZAC Day|
|Monday 28 May 2018||Reconciliation Day|
|Monday 11 June 2018||Queen’s Birthday Holiday|
|Monday, 1 October 2018||Labour Day|
Tuesday, 25 December 2018 to
Tuesday, 1 January 2019
|Christmas Close Down|
 Please refer to the following provisions in the relevant intellectual property legislation to determine the effect of the close-down period: Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 – Section 76A, Designs Act 2003 – Section 136A, Patents Act 1990 – Section 222A, Trade Marks Act 1995 – Section 223A and Olympia Insignia Protection Act 1987 – Section 14A.