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Issue summary: 

Schedule 2 of the Designs Regulations contains a number of requirements based on IP Australia’s previous system of paper filing, for example, requirements in relation to fitness for reproduction, separate sheets, etc. As over 99% of design applications are filed electronically, these requirements are no longer necessary.


Identified for action 08-Aug-2019

Consultation 31-Oct-2019 to 20-Dec-2019

Policy development 20-Dec-2019 to 12-May-2020

Legislative drafting 12-May-2020 to 23-Jul-2020

Consultation 23-Jul-2020 to 28-Aug-2020


We are currently consulting on an exposure draft of the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 and the Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Regulations 2020 along with the accompanying draft Explanatory Memorandum and draft Explanatory Statement. 
Consultation closes on 28 August 2020.

We conducted a public consultation from 31 October to 20 December 2019 on policy issues being considered for inclusion in a Designs Bill in 2020. 
IP Australia has published the submissions received during consultation along with our response to those submissions.
This issue will be included in a 2020 Designs Bill, subject to government priorities. Further details can be found in our response to the consultation.

IP Australia is investigating further reform measures resulting from exploratory research into the design economy (see Design Reform Project).