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Plant Breeder's Rights Regulations 1994

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SR 1994 No. 352 Regulations as amended, taking into account amendments up to Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Single Economic Market and Other Measures) Regulation 2016
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Administered by: Industry, Innovation and Science
Registered 13 Jul 2017
Start Date 01 Jul 2017
End Date 16 Oct 2018
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Plant Breeder’s Rights Regulations 1994

Statutory Rules No. 352, 1994

made under the

Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994

Compilation No. 13

Compilation date:                              1 July 2017

Includes amendments up to:            F2016L01754

Registered:                                         13 July 2017

 

About this compilation

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Plant Breeder’s Rights Regulations 1994 that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 1 July 2017 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

If the operation of a provision or amendment of the compiled law is affected by an application, saving or transitional provision that is not included in this compilation, details are included in the endnotes.

Editorial changes

For more information about any editorial changes made in this compilation, see the endnotes.

Modifications

If the compiled law is modified by another law, the compiled law operates as modified but the modification does not amend the text of the law. Accordingly, this compilation does not show the text of the compiled law as modified. For more information on any modifications, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Self‑repealing provisions

If a provision of the compiled law has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law, details are included in the endnotes.

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Name of regulations............................................................................ 1

3............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

3AA...... Extension of Act to Norfolk Island..................................................... 1

3A......... Authorised testing establishment......................................................... 1

3B......... Employees to whom Registrar may delegate (Act s 59(3))................. 1

3C......... Employees to whom Minister’s powers may be subdelegated (Act s 59(4))            2

3D......... Employees to whom Secretary’s powers may be subdelegated (Act s 59(4))          2

3DA...... Service of documents.......................................................................... 2

3E.......... Period for doing certain acts—office not open for business................ 2

3F.......... Days when office not open for business............................................. 2

3G......... Period for doing certain acts—acts to which section 76A does not apply                3

4............ Prescribed fees.................................................................................... 3

4A......... Approved means................................................................................. 3

5............ Refund and remission of fees in specified circumstances.................... 4

Schedule 1—Fees                                                                                                             5

1............ Table of fees........................................................................................ 5

Endnotes                                                                                                                                      7

Endnote 1—About the endnotes                                                                              7

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key                                                                                  8

Endnote 3—Legislation history                                                                               9

Endnote 4—Amendment history                                                                           10

 


 

 

1  Name of regulations

                   These regulations are the Plant Breeder’s Rights Regulations 1994.

3  Interpretation

             (1)  In these Regulations, unless the contrary intention appears:

Act means the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994.

approved means, for doing an action, means the means specified for the action by the Registrar in a notice made under regulation 4A and published by the Registrar.

authorised testing establishment means an establishment authorised under regulation 3A.

             (2)  In Schedule 1, a reference to a section or subsection, is a reference to that section or subsection of the Act.

3AA  Extension of Act to Norfolk Island

                   For the purposes of section 9B of the Act, this regulation prescribes that the Act extends to Norfolk Island.

3A  Authorised testing establishment

             (1)  For the purposes of conducting a test growing of a plant variety under section 37 of the Act, the Secretary may authorise, in writing, an establishment to conduct the test growing.

             (2)  An establishment may be authorised only if the Secretary is satisfied that it is capable of conducting a test growing of a variety in a manner appropriate to give effect to the obligations of Australia under the Convention.

             (3)  The Secretary must give the operator of the establishment written notice of:

                     (a)  the Secretary’s decision whether to authorise the establishment; and

                     (b)  if the decision is a refusal—the reasons for that decision.

             (4)  Subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of a decision of the Secretary to refuse to authorise an establishment.

3B  Employees to whom Registrar may delegate (Act s 59(3))

                   For subsection 59(3) of the Act, the Registrar may delegate all or any of the Registrar’s powers or functions under the Act or these Regulations, to an employee of the PBR office:

                     (a)  holding, or performing the duties of, the position of Examiner of Plant Breeder’s Rights; or

                     (b)  employed at any of the following levels:

                              (i)  Executive level 1 or 2;

                             (ii)  APS level 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.

3C  Employees to whom Minister’s powers may be subdelegated (Act s 59(4))

                   For subsection 59(4) of the Act, the class of employee to whom the Minister’s powers or functions may be delegated is an employee employed at Executive level 2.

3D  Employees to whom Secretary’s powers may be subdelegated (Act s 59(4))

                   For subsection 59(4) of the Act, the class of employee to whom the Secretary’s powers or functions may be delegated is an employee:

                     (a)  holding, or performing the duties of, the position of Examiner of Plant Breeder’s Rights; or

                     (b)  employed at any of the following levels:

                              (i)  Executive level 1 or 2;

                             (ii)  APS level 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.

3DA  Service of documents

                   Service by post is a prescribed means by which a document may be served on, or given or sent to, a person for the purposes of section 73 of the Act.

3E  Period for doing certain acts—office not open for business

                   For subsection 76A(1) of the Act, the circumstance is that the act is done at:

                     (a)  the PBR office; or

                     (b)  the PBR sub‑office;

that was not open for business.

Note:          Subsection 76A(1) provides as follows:

(1)             If the last day of a period provided by this Act (except this section) or the regulations for doing an act is a day when the PBR office or a PBR sub‑office is not open for business, the act may be done in prescribed circumstances on the next day when the office or sub‑office is open for business.’.

3F  Days when office not open for business

             (1)  For paragraph 76A(2)(a) of the Act, the days on which the PBR office or PBR sub‑office is not open for business are:

                     (a)  Saturday; and

                     (b)  Sunday; and

                     (c)  Australia Day; and

                     (d)  Anzac Day.

             (2)  For paragraph 76A(2)(b) of the Act, the table sets out prescribed persons.

 

Item

Person

1

The Director General of IP Australia

2

The Deputy Director General of IP Australia

3

Another person who:

(a) is an SES employee of IP Australia; and

(b) acts with the agreement of the Director General of IP Australia

4

Another person who:

(a) is an SES employee of IP Australia; and

(b) acts with the agreement of the Deputy Director General of IP Australia

5

Another person who:

(a) is an SES employee of IP Australia; and

(b) acts with the agreement of another SES employee of IP Australia

Note:          SES employee is explained in section 34 of the Public Service Act 1999. That meaning is applied generally to Commonwealth legislation by section 2B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (3)  For paragraph 76A(2)(b) of the Act, the prescribed way of publishing a declaration is in the Plant Varieties Journal.

3G  Period for doing certain acts—acts to which section 76A does not apply

                   For subsection 76A(7) of the Act, an act done in relation to proceedings in a court or a tribunal is prescribed.

4  Prescribed fees

                   The fee payable under subsection 80(2) of the Act for a matter set out in Schedule 1 is the fee specified in Schedule 1 for that matter.

4A  Approved means

             (1)  The Registrar may, by notice published by the Registrar, specify one or more means for doing an action mentioned in Schedule 1.

Examples of actions

1   Making a request.

2   Lodging an application.

             (2)  The means may be an electronic means or any other means.

Note:          The means become approved means when they are published.

5  Refund and remission of fees in specified circumstances

             (1)  If a person has paid, in respect of a matter, an amount greater than the prescribed fee for the matter, the Secretary may refund to the person so much of the amount as is excess to the fee.

             (2)  If a service in respect of which a person has paid a fee has not been provided, or has been provided only in part, the Secretary may refund the fee, or so much of the fee as is proportionate to the part of the service that has not been provided, as appropriate.

             (3)  If a person to whom a refund could be made under subregulation (1) or (2) agrees, the Secretary may remit, against a fee that the person subsequently becomes liable to pay, an amount equal to the amount that could be refunded.

             (4)  The Secretary must give each person to whom subregulation (1) or (2) applies written notice of:

                     (a)  the Secretary’s decision whether to refund or remit an amount, a fee or part of a fee (as the case may be); and

                   (b) if the decision is a refusal—the reasons for that decision.

             (5)  Subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of a decision of the Secretary:

                     (a)  to refuse to refund:

                              (i)  an amount paid in excess of a prescribed fee; or

                             (ii)  a fee for a service that has not been provided; or

                            (iii)  so much of a fee as is proportionate to the part of a service that has not been provided; or

                     (b)  to refuse to remit an amount equal to an amount that could be refunded


Schedule 1Fees

Note:       See regulation 4.

  

1  Table of fees

                   The following table sets out fees that are payable in relation to matters specified in the table.

 

Item

Act, service or occasion in respect of which fee is payable

Fee

1A

Designation of an approved person under section 8

$50

1B

Renewal of designation of an approved person

$50

1

On making a request under subsection 19(4), whether or not the request includes a request under subsection 19(10)

$500

2

On making a request for a certificate under subsection 19(11)

$100

4

On lodgment of an application under section 26:

 

 

(a) fee paid by approved means;

$345

 

(b) fee paid by another means

$445

6

On lodgment of a detailed description under section 34 for:

(a) a variety tested under section 37 to establish that the variety is distinct, uniform and stable:

 

 

(i) if the testing is conducted by an authorised establishment;

$920

 

(ii) in any other case;

$1 610

 

(b) a variety to which subsection 38(3), (4) or (5) applies;

$1 610

 

(c) each of 2 or more varieties tested simultaneously at the same site in Australia under section 37 to establish that the varieties are distinct, uniform and stable, for which a complete application and detailed description are lodged on the same day by the same approved person or applicant or agent of the applicant under section 34

$1 380

7

On lodgment of an objection under section 35

$100

8

On making a request for a copy of an application, an objection or a detailed description under subsection 36(2)

$50

9

On lodgment of an application for a declaration of essential derivation under subsection 40(1)

$800

10

Grant of PBR in a plant variety under section 44

$345

11

On lodgment of an application for:

 

 

(a) revocation of a PBR under subsection 50(8); or

$500

 

(b) revocation of a declaration of essential derivation under subsection 50(9)

$500

12

On making a request for a copy of an entry in the register under subsection 62(2)

$50

12A

On making a request for the supply of 4 or more documents relating to a single application for PBR in a plant variety or a single PBR in a plant variety

 

$200 for each request

15

For annual maintenance of a PBR—on each anniversary of the grant:

 

 

(a) fee paid by approved means;

$345

 

(b) fee paid by another means

$395

 


Endnotes

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

The endnotes provide information about this compilation and the compiled law.

The following endnotes are included in every compilation:

Endnote 1—About the endnotes

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

Endnote 3—Legislation history

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Abbreviation key—Endnote 2

The abbreviation key sets out abbreviations that may be used in the endnotes.

Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Editorial changes

The Legislation Act 2003 authorises First Parliamentary Counsel to make editorial and presentational changes to a compiled law in preparing a compilation of the law for registration. The changes must not change the effect of the law. Editorial changes take effect from the compilation registration date.

If the compilation includes editorial changes, the endnotes include a brief outline of the changes in general terms. Full details of any changes can be obtained from the Office of Parliamentary Counsel.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

ad = added or inserted

o = order(s)

am = amended

Ord = Ordinance

amdt = amendment

orig = original

c = clause(s)

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

Ch = Chapter(s)

pres = present

def = definition(s)

prev = previous

Dict = Dictionary

(prev…) = previously

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

Pt = Part(s)

Div = Division(s)

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

ed = editorial change

reloc = relocated

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

renum = renumbered

    effect

rep = repealed

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rs = repealed and substituted

gaz = gazette

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LA = Legislation Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

    effect

SR = Statutory Rules

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

    cannot be given effect

SubPt = Subpart(s)

mod = modified/modification

underlining = whole or part not

No. = Number(s)

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Number and year

FRLI registration or gazettal

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

1994 No. 352

18 Oct 1994

10 Nov 1994 (r 2)

 

1994 No. 353

18 Oct 1994

1 Jan 1995 (r 1.1)

1995 No. 290

10 Oct 1995

10 Oct 1995

1999 No. 83

4 June 1999

4 June 1999 (r 2)

2006 No. 355

15 Dec 2006 (F2006L03971)

Sch 3: 1 Mar 2007 (r 2)

2007 No. 40

23 Mar 2007 (F2007L00650)

Sch 5: 27 Mar 2007 (r 2(a))

2011 No. 62

16 May 2011 (F2011L00773)

Sch 5: 1 July 2011 (r 2)

2011 No. 217

29 Nov 2011 (F2011L02480)

Sch 1 (Pt 4): 27 Dec 2011 (r 2(a))

2012 No. 66

14 May 2012 (F2012L01031)

Sch 4 (Pt 1): 1 July 2012 (r 2(a)(v))
Sch 4 (Pt 2): 1 Oct 2012 (r 2(b))

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Fee Review) Regulation 2016

19 Aug 2016 (F2016L01306)

Sch 1 (items 52–59): 10 Oct 2016 (s 2(1) item 1)

Intellectual Property Legislation Amendment (Single Economic Market and Other Measures) Regulation 2016

14 Nov 2016 (F2016L01754)

Sch 3 (item 6): 24 Feb 2017 (s 2(1) item 2)
Sch 6 (item 9): 1 July 2017 (s 2(1) item 5)

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

Provision affected

How affected

r. 1............................................

rs. 1999 No. 83

r 2.............................................

rep LA s 48D

r. 3............................................

am. 1995 No. 290; 2012 No. 66; F2016L01306

r 3AA........................................

ad F2016L01754

r. 3A.........................................

ad. 1995 No. 290

 

am. 1999 No. 83

r. 3B..........................................

ad. 2007 No. 40

r. 3C..........................................

ad. 2007 No. 40

r. 3D.........................................

ad. 2007 No. 40

r 3DA........................................

ad F2016L01754

r. 3E..........................................

ad. 2007 No. 40

r. 3F..........................................

ad. 2007 No. 40

 

am. 2011 No. 62

Note to r. 3F (2) .......................

am. 2011 No. 217

r. 3G.........................................

ad. 2007 No. 40

r 4.............................................

am F2016L01306

r. 4A.........................................

ad. 2012 No. 66

 

am F2016L01306

r. 4 (2nd occurring) ..................

ad. 1995 No. 290

 

rep. 1999 No. 83

r. 5............................................

ad. 1999 No. 83

Schedule

 

Schedule heading......................

rs F2016L01306

 

renum F2016L01306

Schedule...................................

rs. 1994 No. 353

 

am. 1995 No. 290; 2006 No. 355

 

rs. 2012 No. 66

Schedule 1

 

Schedule 1 heading ..................
(prev schedule)

ad F2016L01306

Schedule 1................................

am F2016L01306