Why review our fees?
We last undertook a fee review in the 2015-16 financial year. The 2019-20 fee review reflects the organisations commitment to ensuring our cost recovery arrangements continue to be in line with the Australian Government Charging Framework. This review will invite public comment on our fee structure, with consideration given to ideas that ensure IP Australia is setting fees that are consistent, transparent and will recover the costs associated with administering the IP Rights system.
We see the fee review as a chance to explore how our fee structure might influence several themes. This fee review process will also take into account the Government’s response to the recommendations from the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements. While not every submission will result in immediate changes to fees, this exploration will feed into a longer-term strategy on policy objectives for future fee reviews.
The fee review will explore several themes including, but not be limited to:
- Supporting innovators by balancing our fees with costs of doing business
- Increasing flexibility and efficiency for IP Australia and our stakeholders
- Exploring the impact fees have on the quality of IP applications and competition in the marketplace
What happens next?
A public consultation period is now open for submissions until COB 16 May 2019. We will actively engage with our customers and key stakeholder groups throughout the fee review process seeking suggestions and feedback on our current fees and fee structure. All constructive proposals and submissions will be considered and workshopped in order to explore their viability and impact. Constructive proposals on the above or any other themes (in relation to our fee structure) are welcomed.
Following our review, a draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) will be made available for further feedback. It is anticipated that any proposed fee changes would take effect in October 2020.
What do we want from you?
It is only through constructive feedback on our current fee structure, that we will ensure our fees are consistent, transparent and will recover the costs associated with administering the IP Rights system.
To be involved, you can submit your feedback here, or by mail to: Fee Review, IP Australia, PO Box 200 Woden ACT 2606.