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Our Structure

The Director General is assisted by two Deputy Director Generals who manage the two divisions within IP Australia:

  • The Deputy Director General of the Customer Services Division holds the statutory offices of Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade Marks, Registrar of Designs and Registrar of Plant Breeder’s Rights, and is responsible for education and awareness activities.
  • The Deputy Director General of the Policy and Corporate Division is responsible for policy advice, corporate support and international engagement.

Table 3 shows IP Australia’s organisational structure.

Table 3: IP Australia organisational structure, 30 June 2021

Director General

Michael Schwager

Deputy Director General, Customer Services Division

Deputy Director General, Policy and Corporate Division

General Manager, Trade Marks and Designs

General Manager, Patents, Chemical, Plant Breeder’s Rights and Electrical

General Manager, Patents, Mechanical and Oppositions

General Manager, Customer Experience

General Manager, Governance

General Manager (Chief Financial Officer), Finance and People Services

General Manager, Policy and Stakeholders

General Manager (Chief Information Officer), Innovation and Technology