International Code of Botanical Nomenclature - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this Code if you intend to apply for a certificate of plant breeder's rights. A certificate provides exclusive commercial rights over a new plant variety. Any name (including a synonym) you choose for your new plant variety must comply with this Code, and with any subsidiary codes.

This Code aims to provide a stable method of naming taxonomic groups, avoiding and rejecting the use of names which may cause error or ambiguity or throw science into confusion.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
IP Australia
Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group

Act(s) name

Plant Breeders Rights Act 1994 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Plant Breeder's Rights Regulations 1994 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
IP Australia
Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group

Operating address:
Discovery House
47 Bowes Street
Australian Capital Territory 2606
Mailing address:
PO BOX 200
Woden, Australian Capital Territory 2606


1300 651 010


02 6283 2999

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