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
IP Australia's fees were recently reviewed and revised, and are not due to be reviewed again until 2019-20. This issue may be considered in future fee review.