IP Australia's policy issue register is a list of issues that we are considering or working on for policy action or legislative amendment.
Issues come to our attention as a result of:
- government priorities
- recommendations from IP related reviews
- stakeholder suggestions
- international developments
- internal proposals.
The issues relate to the IP rights we administer: patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights (PBR).
Why this register is important
This register aims to enhance public participation in government decision making. This is consistent with the Government's Open Government National Action Plan.
We invite feedback on each individual issue with an accompanying form. You can also submit new policy issues for our consideration. Issues on this register are being considered. This does not mean that any legislative or policy changes will necessarily take effect.
We work closely with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to advise the Government on IP policy. The Government determines which issues will ultimately be the subject of proposed legislative amendments.
IP Australia's current legislative agenda
Our current legislative agenda includes:
Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Designs Act) Bill:
Subject to Government approval, this Bill will include accepted recommendations from the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property's (ACIP) 2015 review of the designs system along with some other high-priority designs matters. We are currently consulting on an exposure draft of the Bill. Consultation closes on 28 August 2020.
IP Australia’s Corporate Plan 2019/20 includes development of its policy and legislative agenda in consultation with stakeholders under Horizon 1 (2018-2022). We would welcome feedback from stakeholders to inform future priorities for changes to the IP rights system.
In addition to commenting on specific policy issues, we welcome comments on the broad direction that future policy work could take. For example, are there particular IP rights (i.e. patents, trade marks, designs, plant breeder’s rights, Olympic insignia), themes, or aspects of the IP system, that future reforms should address as a priority?
Submissions may be made using our general Policy Register feedback form.
Further queries regarding the forward legislative agenda may be directed to:
- Paul Gardner (02) 6283 2145 or Paul.Gardner@ipaustralia.gov.au