Moving IP Australia’s fees out of the regulations

At a glance

Policy ID: 112

Status: On hold

Priority: Low

Design rights Patents Plant breeders rights Trade marks Fees

Issue summary

Currently, the fees IP Australia charges are contained in schedules of the trade mark, patents, designs and PBR Regulations. Changes could be made to the IP Rights legislation to empower the Commissioner and Registrar to determine the fees IP Australia charges in non-legislative instruments. This could give greater flexibility for IP Australia to amend fees to take account of changing operational circumstances.

Any fee changes would still be consulted on publicly, and fees would continue to be set in accordance with the Australian Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines.


  • On hold 1 April 2020


Issue to be considered in future. Other matters of higher priority will be considered first.

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