In its 2015 'Review of the Designs System' in Australia, the former Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) recommended that Australia should commence an investigation into the implications of joining the Hague Agreement. The Productivity Commission's 2016 report in its 2016 report into Australia's IP arrangements endorsed ACIP's recommendation.
The Hague Agreement may be becoming more attractive for countries and designs applicants alike, since the number of Contracting Parties increases each year, with a number of key trading partners (to Australia) recently acceding, or preparing to accede, to the Geneva Act 1999 (latest revision) in the near future.
IP Australia is currently undertaking a cost-benefit analysis.
High priority, due to public interest in improving the Australian designs system, as highlighted in ACIP and the PC's report.
Public consultation on the cost-benefit analysis is expected in 2018.