On 24 October 2018, 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.[1]

During the period 1 January 2019 – 1 January 2020, the Canberra office will not be open for business on all Saturdays and Sundays in this period and the following dates:


Tuesday 1 January 2019 New Year's Day
Monday 28 January 2019 Australia Day (observed)
Monday 11 March 2019 Canberra Day
Friday 19 April 2019 Good Friday
Monday 22 April 2019 Easter Monday
Thursday 25 April 2019 ANZAC Day
Monday 27 May 2019 Reconciliation Day
Monday 10 June 2019 Queen's Birthday Holiday
Monday 7 October 2019 Labour Day
Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020 Christmas Close Down


[1] 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.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018