Executive Level 1 - Hearing Officer

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Tenure: Ongoing/Non-ongoing
Location: Canberra preferred other locations considered
Categories: Legal
Division: Customer Services Div
Business Group: Trade Marks & Designs
Section: Oppositions and Hearings

Position Description

Hearing Officers are required to conduct hearings (either orally or on written submissions) in accordance with the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cth) or the Designs Act 2003 (Cth) and issue timely written decisions. Oral hearings are usually held online. Decisions of Hearing Officers are generally appealable to the Federal Court or Federal Circuit Court.

The TMDG Hearing Officers are a collegiate team of experienced intellectual property professionals. They bring their knowledge and experience to the conduct of hearings and drafting formal decisions and reviewing the work of their peers prior to issue.

If you have an interest in the role and would like a further understanding of the nature of the decisions a Hearing Officer produces, copies of trade mark decisions are available from the Australian Legal Information Institute at the following link:


Position Duties

As a Hearing Officer your primary duties are to:

  • Manage and conduct hearings and issue decisions on trade marks, designs and related intellectual property rights
  • Provide timely feedback on the work of colleagues
  • Offer input to process improvement and feedback to the broader group and organisation
  • Summarise decisions of Hearing Officers and of the courts for consumption by TMDG staff and customers
  • Exercise appropriate delegations under legislation
  • Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change
  • Improve organisational performance through effective risk management
  • Establish clear expectations and create an environment to achieve stated goals and objectives
  • Take ownership and honour commitments
  • Maintain an understanding of responsibilities under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (Cth) and a commitment to promoting a healthy and safe workplace

Eligibility Qualifications / Knowledge Required

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Effective time management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Australian intellectual property framework, including relevant legislation and case law
  • Be able to work both independently and as part of a team to make findings of fact and interpret the law

For more information, including specific capabilities required, please review the Position Profile below:

Download File 494248 - Position Profile.pdf

To discuss the position in more detail please contact Cristy Condon on (02) 6283 2595.

How to apply

To apply for this position, you are asked to:

  • Provide a one page pitch detailing why you are suitable for the position. The pitch should also address the position requirements. Please limit your response to no more than 700 words.
  • Provide a current CV detailing recent employment history which is relevant to the advertised Position; and
  • Provide the name and contact details of two referees.

IP Australia acknowledges that those with diverse experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds enhance our workplace and our capability for innovation. Applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability and LGBTQA+ people are encouraged to apply for any advertised position, that they may be suitable for, within IP Australia.

Applications for this vacancy close at 11.55pm AEDT on Friday 24 February 2022.

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