Professional responsibilities

The Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (the Board) is the statutory body that administers and regulates the patent attorney professions in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the trade marks attorney profession in Australia. We must also adhere to certain government standards. These include:


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The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) requires entities bound by the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) to have a privacy policy. The privacy policy (Policy) outlines the personal information handling practices of the Board.

The specific legal obligations of the Board when collecting and handling your personal information are outlined in the Privacy Act and in the APPs. Detailed information about the Privacy Act and the APPs can be found on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

The Board must comply with the Privacy Act and the APPs. A copy of the Board's Privacy Policy is available PDF in PDF format [357.18 KB].

The Privacy (Australian Government Agencies – Governance) APP Code 2017 (Cth) (the APP Code) requires that all agencies, including the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board and the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal, must conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for all high privacy risk projects. A register of these PIAs is maintained by IP Australia, and a table will be updated for publication on this website with completed PIAs as required. Noting the APP Code came in to effect on 1 July 2018, as of June 2021, there have been no projects requiring a PIA.

How to make a complaint

The Board does not have an office and is a ‘micro-agency’. Hence, it does not have the resources expected of other Australian Government agencies. The Board has therefore provided authorisation for IP Australia to deal with all queries relating to the handling of personal information. 

If you wish to make a complaint about how the Board has handled your personal information you may:

Write to: Privacy
IP Australia
PO Box 200
Woden ACT 2606
Call the IP Australia switchboard: 1300 65 10 10








Privacy complaints to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)

If you are dissatisfied with the way the Board handles your privacy complaint, you may contact the OAIC.


Phone: 1300 363 992

Write to: The Privacy Commissioner
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
GPO Box 5218
Sydney NSW 2001

You may also make a complaint directly to the Information Commissioner. However, the commissioner would recommend you try to resolve the complaint with the Board first.


No responsibility assumed

The Australian Federal Government, the Board, its officers and IP Australia's employees assume no responsibility in relation to the use of this website or the information contained in it.

No advice provided

On this website, the Board does not provide legal or other advice in relation to the registration or discipline of patent or trade marks attorneys or any other matters.

The information contained in this website is not intended to be advice. It is general information only. The information contained in this website is not adapted to any particular person's circumstances. Therefore where the legislation requires decisions, determinations or other actions, you need to make application in accordance with the relevant legislative authority to the appropriate body as the information here cannot be relied upon to be specific enough to determine particular cases.

Professional advice recommended

The information in this website should not be used as a substitute for advice and assistance from such bodies as education institutions in respect of accredited courses, immigration authorities in respect of citizenship or legal advice in respect of discipline issues. We strongly recommend that such advice and assistance be obtained before you take any decisions on possible actions under the legislation.

The intellectual property laws, education regimes, and so on, in other countries are different from those in Australia. You should consult an appropriate professional body, or the Board, if foreign requirements or qualifications may affect you.

Information not complete or comprehensive

The information in this website may not be comprehensive or complete and may not be up to date or current. The website may not contain information covering particular subjects or issues relevant to particular users.

No statements of the law

Unless specific provisions of legislation are quoted, the Board or IP Australia does not make statements of the law in relation to any matter on this website. The comments contained in this website about the law are summaries that may not be comprehensive or complete. If you wish to know the law, you should go to the relevant legislation.

Technical terms used

The information in this website may include the use of terms that have technical meanings that may be different from their ordinary meanings. Such terms may require specialist knowledge and expertise to understand.