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 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Plant Breeders Rights Regulations 1994 Australian Government

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)