IP Australia has published consultation paper on the Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee.
The PBRAC is established under the Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994 to advise the government about issues arising under the Act. As part of the Government’s commitment to efficiency and streamlining the public service, the National Commission of Audit recommended that the functions of PBRAC be considered for consolidation into the department with portfolio responsibility for PBR.
The Government, through IP Australia, is now seeking input about the role of PBRAC and whether there are other, more efficient ways to access the technical expertise that PBRAC is expected to provide.
Submissions are sought by 31 October 2014.
Consultation paper here (pdf).
ps The National Commission of Audit also questioned the continuation of ACIP, but that will be the subject of a separate paper.