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Intellectual Property Arrangements

Public inquiry

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12 month public inquiry into Australia's intellectual property system.

  • Issues paper 7 Oct 2015
  • Draft report 29 Apr 2016
  • Inquiry report Sep 2016

The issues paper covers a range of issues on which the Commission sought information and feedback, and was intended to assist you in preparing a submission.

Initial submissions were due by 30 November 2015.

Read the issues paper

The draft report was released on 29 April 2016 for further information and feedback.

Submissions were due by 3 June 2016.

Read the draft report

The inquiry report is expected to be handed to the Australian Government in September 2016 (revised).

The Australian Government has approved a revised delivery date of our final report from August to September 2016. The inquiry timetable was impacted by the caretaker period associated with the federal election which precluded full engagement with government departments and agencies.

The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.

Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.

In undertaking this inquiry, the Commission has been asked to consider whether current arrangements provide an appropriate balance between access to ideas and products, and encouraging innovation, investment and the production of creative works.

In recommending changes to the current system to improve the overall wellbeing of Australian society the Commission is to have regard to:

  • incentives for innovation and investment, including freedom to build on existing innovation
  • Australia's international trade obligations
  • the relative contribution of intellectual property to the Australian economy
  • the economy-wide and distributional consequences of recommendations, including their impacts on trade and competition
  • ensuring the intellectual property system will be efficient and robust through time, in light of economic changes
  • how proposed changes fit with, or may require changes to, other existing regulation or forms of assistance
  • the relevant findings and recommendations of recently completed reviews.

More detailed information can be found in the terms of reference.


Pragya Giri (Administrative matters)
Ph: 02 6240 3250

Leo Soames (Other matters)
Ph: 02 6240 3214


Free call: 1800 020 083

Register your interest

Be kept informed about the progress of this work.

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Make a submission

The Commission invites interested people and organisations to make a submission.

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Jonathan Coppel