On 2 November 2021, 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 2022 – 2 January 2023, the Canberra office will not be open for business on all Saturdays and Sundays in this period and the following dates:
|Monday 3 January 2022||New Year's Day (observed)|
|Wednesday 26 January 2022||Australia Day|
|Monday 14 March 2022||Canberra Day|
|Friday 15 April 2022||Good Friday|
|Monday 18 April 2022||Easter Monday|
|Monday 25 April 2022||ANZAC Day|
|Monday 30 May 2022||Reconciliation Day|
|Monday 13 June 2022||Queen's Birthday Holiday|
|Thursday 22 September 2022||Day of Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II|
|Monday 3 October 2022||Labour Day|
|Monday 26 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023 (inclusive)||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.