Introduce an information notice system to allow Plant Breeder's Rights owners to obtain information relating to potentially infringing materials

At a glance

Policy ID: 54

Status: Policy development

Priority: High

Plant breeders rights ACIP

Issue summary

In its 2010 review of Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) Enforcement, the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) recommended an information notice system be introduced into the Plant Breeder's Rights Act, based on the UK Information Notice system. This would enable Plant Breeder's Rights owners to obtain information from suspected infringers on the source of plant material.

The government accepted the recommendation in principle in June 2011, subject to further consultation and review of the UK system to determine what changes would be necessary for it to work in an Australian context.


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


In 2022, IP Australia commissioned research from the University of Queensland to investigate the option of implementing an information notice system in Australia. The independent report recommends that an information notice system be implemented in Australia, with appropriate safeguards to prevent misuse. 
IP Australia is currently considering the recommendations made by UQ. The Government hasn't taken any decision on possible PBR reform. 
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