Last updated: 
12 November 2019

The Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 1 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 received Royal Assent on 24 August 2018.  See additional information on the Act and associated regulations.

This Act is the first piece of legislation implementing the Government’s response to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements.

The second piece of legislation implementing the government’s response was introduced into Parliament on 25 July 2019 in the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2019 .


From 23 October to 4 December 2017 IP Australia released the draft legislation for public comment. Thank you to all who contributed and provided submissions to our consultation.

Following consultation, we considered all the submissions and a response to this consultation detailing changes, other outcomes and our reasoning can be found below:

Draft legislation and explanatory materials

These materials are available in Word version

Or in PDF version

Submissions received 

The consultation period closed 4 December 2017. 

We received 19 non-confidential submissions from the following:

Aristocrat Technologies Australia

Australian Nurserymen’s Fruit Improvements Company (ANFIC)

Australian Seed Federation (ASF)

Christopher Prescott

CropLife Australia

Davies Collison Cave Law Pty Ltd

Dr Ana Penteado

FICPI Australia (Australian Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys)


Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IPTA)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Kenta Kitamoto

Law Council of Australia (LCA)

Law Institute of Victoria (LIV)

National Farmers Federation (NFF)

PGG Wrightson Seeds

Shimano Oceania Holdings

Warwick Rothnie

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