Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal

Who we are

The Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Disciplinary Tribunal (the Tribunal) is established under regulation 20.61 of the Patents Regulations 1991 (Cth) (the Patents Regulations). Part 6 of the Patents Act 2013 (NZ) gives effect to a joint registration regime for patent attorneys in Australia and New Zealand, and includes the operation of the Tribunal.

The functions of the Tribunal, in accordance with regulation 20.61A, are to hear and determine disciplinary proceedings commenced by the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board against an individual patent attorney in Australia or New Zealand; or an individual trade marks attorney in Australia; or an incorporated patent attorney in Australia or New Zealand; or an incorporated trade marks attorney in Australia.

The Tribunal’s structure

Regulation 20.62 provides that the Tribunal will comprise a President and at least two other Tribunal members. Under regulation 20.63 of the Patents Regulations, the President has to be a legal practitioner who has been enrolled for at least seven years, whilst the Tribunal members are current or former registered patent and/or trade marks attorneys who have been registered in Australia or New Zealand for at least five years.

The Tribunal's functions and powers are performed and exercised by a three-person Panel of the Tribunal and may be exercised in Australia or New Zealand. The Panel Chair (usually the President of the Tribunal) determines the other members of the Tribunal who are to constitute the Panel. At least one of the Panel members must be a resident of the same country as the attorney who is the subject of the disciplinary proceedings.

The President and all other members are appointed by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

The current Tribunal members are:

  • Ms Siobhan Ryan (President), Barrister and Trade Marks Attorney, VIC
  • Ms Kathryn McHaffie, NZ Barrister and Patent Attorney
  • Mr Mark Roberts, Patent and Trade Marks Attorney, VIC
  • Mr Andre Meyer, Patent and Trade Marks Attorney, NSW
  • Dr Patrick McManamny, Patent Attorney, VIC


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 Tribunal.

The specific legal obligations of the Tribunal 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 Tribunal must comply with the Privacy Act and the APPs. A copy of the Tribunal’s Privacy Policy is available here.

How to make a complaint

The Tribunal does not have an office and is a ‘micro-agency’. Hence, it does not have the resources expected of other Australian Government agencies. The Tribunal 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 Tribunal 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