Improve the ability for third parties to determine if a plant is Plant Breeder's Rights protected by improving labelling requirements

At a glance

Policy ID: 49

Status: Policy development

Priority: High

Plant breeders rights

Issue summary

While Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) owners may label their varieties with the registered variety name or synonym there is no mandatory requirement to do so.

As a result, it may be difficult for third parties to determine from the Plant Breeder's Rights database or the labelling on the plant itself whether a particular plant they wish to propagate is Plant Breeder's Rights protected.

Improvements in mandatory labelling requirements may help third parties determine for certain if plants are Plant Breeder's Rights protected.


  • On hold 4 September 2017
  • Identified for action 24 June 2021
  • Policy development 20 December 2022 


In 2022, IP Australia commissioned an independent research report from the University of Queensland (UQ) on labelling requirements. IP Australia is currently considering the recommendations made by UQ. The Government has not taken any decision on possible PBR reform. 
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