Accreditation as a Qualified Person - Australian Government


You will require this accreditation if you intend to certify applications for plant breeder's rights. A Qualified Person (QP) is responsible for overseeing the comparative trial and for providing evidence that a new variety of plant is distinct, uniform and stable (DUS).

There are two categories of QP, consultant and non-consultant. Consultant QPs are accredited to act as consultants to all applicants. Non-consultant QPs are accredited to certify applications for which they are the breeder, owner or authorised agent or an employee of the breeder, owner or authorised agent.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this accreditation you must provide:

  • full contact details
  • current employment details
  • qualifications
  • relevant experience
  • species or group of species for which accreditation is sought
  • the geographical area in which you are able to act as a qualified person
  • three referees' contact details
  • whether consultant or non-consultant status is being sought.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $240.00

Application for Accreditation as a Qualified Person. Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All $240.00

Renewal of Qualified Person Accreditation (payable every three years). Fees for 2021-22


Other resources

Act(s) name

Plant Breeders Rights Act 1994 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Plant Breeders Rights Regulations 1994 Australian Government


Accreditation belongs to you personally and is not transferable to other people within a company or institution.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

IP Australia

Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Enquiries, Plants Breeder's Rights Group

Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group

IP Australia

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Operating address: Discovery House
47 Bowes Street
Australian Capital Territory 2606
Mailing address: PO BOX 200
Woden, Australian Capital Territory 2606
Phone: 02 6283 2999
Phone: 1300 651 010
Website: Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group (Opens in new window)