Last updated: 
21 October 2020

Fees are payable at different stages through the design right process. Fees may vary depending on how you apply and your chosen payment method. Our preferred method is for you to use our online services.

If you are unable to access our online services there are other means, including by post or electronic funds transfer. A higher fee structure may apply in these circumstances.

The fees for these options are shown below. Learn more about preferred or other means.

Application fees

An application fee is payable when filing your design right application. If there is more than one design in your application, you will need to pay for each design included. You can only apply for more than one design in a single application if each product can be categorised in the same Locarno class.

Learn more about Locarno Classification and the requirements for applying for more than one design.

Action Fee (online services) Fee (other means)
Application fee for the first design identified in the application at the time of filing $250 $450
Fee for any subsequent designs identified in the application at the time of filing $200 per design $400 per design

 

Further designs

You must pay a fee for each design included in an application. 

If your application includes designs that you have not paid for, further fees apply. A design that falls into this category is known as a 'further design'. If your application contains further designs, we will let you know in writing.

Learn more about further designs.

Action Fee (online services) Fee (other means)
Fee for further design identified during the formalities check $250 $450

 

Renewal of registration

A design right can be registered for a maximum of 10 years. A design right initially lasts for five years from the date you apply. You may choose to renew your design right so that it lasts for a further five years. You can only renew your design right once.

Action Fee (online services) Fee (other means)
Renewal of registration – further five years $400 $450
Renewal payment late fee $100 per month or part thereof from the renewal due date (for a maximum of six months) $100 per month or part thereof from the renewal due date (for a maximum of six months)

 

Examination fees

After you have registered your design, you can request examination. If your registered design passes this examination, we will then certify the registration. Certifying your registered design gives you the legal right to enforce your design.

Action Fee
Request to examine a registered design – by registered owner $420

 

Other parties (such as a competitor) can request examination of your registered design. If this happens, that party will have to pay half the examination fee and you will need to pay the balance. If you do not pay the balance, your design registration will cease.

Action Fee
Request to examine a registered design – third party fee $210
Request to examine a registered design – registered owner fee $210

 

Administrative fees

Action Fee
Extension of time (error or omission) $100 per month or part thereof
Extension of time (circumstances beyond control) $100
Opposition (to extension of time) $550
Hearing (request) $600
A hearing (per day to appear) $600
Duplicate certification of registration $250

 

Sale of documents

Action Fee
Copy of one to three documents from the same file $50 each
Copy of four or more documents from the same file $200
Expedited post of these documents $20 each

 

Replacement certificates can be ordered via our online services. Options are photocopies, certified copies and duplicates. Depending on which option you select the cost will vary.

When ordering a document, an expedited post service is available if you require your document to be sent to you faster than normal postage timeframes. This fee will not increase IP Australia’s processing time for any document request.

Commemorative certificates can be purchased from a third-party provider. The price ranges from $80 plus GST (Certificate Only with domestic postage) to $240 plus GST (Certificate with Frame & Mount Board with domestic postage). These can be used for display only and do not replace your certificate for legal purposes.

Refunds and waivers

Under limited circumstances we may issue a refund or waive fees. Learn more about refunds and waivers.

More information

This page sets out some of the basic fees associated with design right applications. A full list of fees is available in Schedule 4 of the Designs Regulations 2004.

This information is current as of the 'last updated' date at the top of this page. Fees are subject to change. GST does not apply to these statutory fees under division 81 of the Goods and Services Act 1999.