Last updated: 
12 March 2020

Designs review project research

In April 2019 we initiated a 12-month phase of exploratory research into Australia’s design ecosystem, what drives design innovation and the role of design rights. Varied desktop, qualitative and quantitative research has built a body of evidence to inform what changes may be needed to realise greater benefits to the Australian economy.

Results from our research are available in a series of four reports.

Research reports

defining design
Defining design: design’s role in the Australian economy

Setting the context for the research by defining design and its contribution to the Australian economy.

View the Defining Design report

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Talking design: views from Australia’s visual design ecosystem

Summarising insights and experiences heard through interviews with members of the design ecosystem.

View the Talking Design report

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Valuing designs: economic impact of design rights in Australia

An economic study which assesses whether Australia’s design rights system has provided incentives for Australian businesses to invest in design.

View the Valuing Designs report

View the full economic research report

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Protecting designs: design innovation, copying and enforcement in Australia

Analysing the survey results of the experiences of Australian business turning design ideas into products, methods and motives for protecting designs and encounters with copying.

View the Protecting Designs report

You can provide feedback by emailing MDB-DRP@ipaustralia.gov.au