Last updated: 
22 March 2016

Current reviews

IP financing

We engaged Ernst & Young to conduct a study into intellectual property (IP) financing. The study investigated how IP financing issues are affecting Australian start-ups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) who want to commercialise their innovation, and recommended options that could address these issues.  

The review provides policy makers with core information about IP financing, with a particular focus on the Australian context. It identifies the current nature and significance of problems surrounding IP financing for Australian start‑ups and SMEs, and assesses Australian and international initiatives. The review was also informed by consultation with key stakeholders.

The final report was provided to IP Australia in June 2016. The Government is currently considering the report available online.

For further information, please contact Charlotte Iggulden on (02) 6283 2903 or

Past reviews

ACIP reviews

The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) was abolished in April 2015. Past reviews and consultations conducted by ACIP can be viewed here.

The Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (the Council or ACIP) was an independent body appointed by the Australian Government, and advised the Federal Minister for Industry and Science - and his Parliamentary Secretary - on intellectual property matters and the strategic administration of IP Australia. The Council was established in 1994.

The Council's membership reflected a cross section of interests involved with the intellectual property system. Members were drawn from the business and manufacturing sectors; research organisations; the health sector; the legal and attorney professions; government; academia; and technology and commercialisation sectors.

Any enquiries regarding ACIP or conducted reviews can be sent to

Other Independent reviews relating to Intellectual Property

Pharmaceutical patents review

On 15 October 2012, the then Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP, announced a review of pharmaceutical patents.


Review of intellectual property legislation under the Competition Principles Agreement - Ergas Report

September 2000

This report considers the effects on competition of Australia's intellectual property laws that is, the Copyright Act 1968, Patents Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1995, Designs Act 1906 and Circuit Layouts Act 1989. It examines these effects in light of the objectives of this legislation and of the Competition Principles Agreement.

The intellectual property system seeks to promote investment in, and access to the results of, creative effort. It involves balancing the interests of the owners of intellectual property material with the interests of users or potential users of that material.

The Competition Principles Agreement seeks to promote efficiency by ensuring that legislative restrictions on competition are only maintained where their benefits clearly outweigh any costs they may impose.

Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiries relating to Intellectual Property

Inquiries into areas of law requested by the Attorney-General of Australia relating to IP can be found here.

Productivity Commission (PC) inquiries relating to Intellectual Property

Public inquiries requested by the Australian Government relating to IP can be found here.