Australia/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.5 Architecture and spatial planning

In addition to moral rights legislation (see section 5.1.7), architecture and design are covered by the Designs Act 2003, which is Commonwealth legislation that supersedes the original Designs Act 1903.  Under the Act a formal application must be made to register a design, after which an examination of the design takes place before formal registration is completed.  The registration provides protection for up to ten years from the date of registration.  It is intended to protect a designer against copying or opportunistic appropriation of the same or very similar design.  For details of the Act see

Designs registered under the 1903 Act remained and remain under the auspices of that Act until the completion of the ten years of registration.  For a summary of the differences between the 1903 and 2003 Acts see

Chapter published: 27-12-2013