Registration of a Design - Australian Government


This registration protects the visual appearance of manufactured products. A registered design gives you a legally enforceable right to use your product's design to gain a marketing edge. It also prevents others from using the design without your agreement.

A design is the features of shape, configuration, pattern or ornamentation that when applied to an article gives the article a unique appearance.

Please note:

  • Design registration is intended to protect designs which have an industrial or commercial use.
  • Designs which are essentially artistic works are covered by copyright legislation and are not eligible for design registration.
  • The protection you receive is only for the appearance of the article and not how it works.

Please consult the Contact officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

An application for registration can only be made by the owner of the design. To be eligible for registration, a design must, at the very least:

  • be new, original or distinctive when compared with prior art base for the design
  • have an industrial application

Applications must:

  • include information that indicates that what is filed is intended to be a design application
  • identify the applicant and contain relevant contact details
  • include a representation, or information that appears to be a representation, of each design.

Due to the requirements for registration, it is suggested that you seek assistance from a registered Patent Attorney.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


The term of registration is five years from the filing date.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $250.00

Online application (per design).

Apply Application All $350.00

Physical application (per design).

General Duplicate Certificate All $250.00 -
Renew Renewal All $320.00


Renew Renewal All $370.00 Physical.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Request for Registration or Publication of Designs - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
Apply All Request for Direction under Section 29 or 30 of the Act - PDF (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All E-Services: Online Application Process and Service Enquiries (Opens in new window)
Comply All Guidelines for Representations of Designs - Please consult the Agency for information regarding these guidelines.
Contact All Customer Enquiry Form: General Enquiries (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Designs Act 2003 AG

Regulation(s) name

Designs Regulations 2004 AG

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

IP Australia

Trade Marks and Designs Group

Contact details

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


Trade Marks and Designs Group

IP Australia

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Phone: 02 6283 2999
Phone: 1300 651 010