International Code of Botanical Nomenclature - Australian Government


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 is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Plant Breeders Rights Act 1994 AG

Regulation(s) name

Plant Breeders Rights Regulations 1994 AG

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

IP Australia

Patent and Plant Breeder's Rights Group