The Australian Government is seeking the views of Australian producers, businesses and consumers on possible reforms to Australia’s legislative framework for the protection of geographical indications (GIs). The consultation process commenced on 4 September 2020 and will run through to 30 November 2020.
Reforms would be required should Australia agree to protect GI terms as part of a free trade agreement with the European Union (EU). Commencing a policy consultation process does not mean the Australian Government has agreed or will agree to make any changes to its existing GI regulatory framework or policy.
This consultation builds on the Federal Government's existing engagement by seeking industry, business and community views on the type of system changes that may be considered in the event a negotiated outcome gave rise to changes to the way they currently protect GIs.
The consultation paper outlines the main GI policy considerations.
Details on the consultation process and how to engage are available at IP Australia - Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement: Consultation on a Possible New Geographical Indications Right.
Webinar and virtual roundtables
- Webinar - Outline of GI consultation: 30 September 12 pm to 1 pm
- Roundtable on Standard of protection: 13 October 12 pm to 1 pm
- Roundtable on Australian use of GIs: 15 October 12 pm to 1 pm
- Roundtable on General Operation of a possible GI System: 20 October 12 pm to 1 pm
- Roundtable GIs and Indigenous Knowledge: 22 October 12 pm to 1 pm