In its 2015 'Review of the Designs System' in Australia, the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) recommended improving the process for multiple design applications by reducing the fees for each additional design added to the application.
The Designs Act 2003 allows applicants to include multiple designs in applications. This was intended to reduce costs for applicants, and to benefit industries which produce a large number of designs. However in practice there is no cost advantage to filing a multiple design application.
The Australian Government noted the recommendation in May 2016 and may consider the issue at IP Australia's next fee review.
On hold 04-Sept-2017
Consultation 17-Dec-2019 to 16-Feb-2020
This issue is planned for implementation as part of IP Australia’s Fee Review 2019-20. Consultation on proposed changes to fees are available for public comment in the draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement published on IP Australia’s website.