Last updated: 
29 March 2018

We are seeking input on an economic analysis conducted by IP Australia, which explores the economic costs and benefits to Australia of joining the Hague Agreement for designs. The Hague Agreement allows designers to file into 68 territories through a single application.

The Australian Government previously agreed that IP Australia would investigate the implications of Australia joining the Hague Agreement. The economic analysis is intended to form part of the evidence base on whether Australia should join the Hague Agreement.

We invite you to provide submissions on the economic analysis by 31 May 2018. In particular we welcome feedback on the methodology and assumptions of the economic analysis. We are also seeking feedback on any unquantified impacts and welcome case studies and any experience users of the Hague system, or applicants for design overseas have had.


Written submissions should be sent to

For accessibility reasons, please submit responses by email in Word, RTF, or PDF format.

The contact officer is Andrew Wilkinson, who may be contacted on +61 (02) 6225 6199, or via email at