These changes will provide more flexibility during the early stages of seeking design protection. Key changes include:

  • introduction of a grace period
  • simplification of the design registration process.

How do you these changes help you?


Designers will now have the option of publicly sharing their designs for 12 months, without affecting their ability to file for design protection. This length of time is called a grace period.

The design registration process is also getting a refresh. A design will automatically be registered 6 months after filing the application. This simplifies the process as a request for registration is no longer required.

These improvements are part of IP Australia‚Äôs ongoing program of design initiatives. The initiatives aim to ensure the design system is fit for purpose and supports the Australian economy now and in the future.

Find out more about the changes to the Designs Act.