The registration of designs in Victoria began in 1869 for “any new and original design for any article of manufacture or art”. This system had 14 Classes under which designs were registered. The period of registration was 3 years for articles in Classes 1 to 5, and 2 years for articles in Classes 6 to 14.
In 1907 the jurisdiction for the registration of designs was transferred to the federal government. The period of registration was 16 years. This became 10 years in 2003.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - REGISTER OF COPYRIGHT OF VICTORIAN DESIGNS 1870-1888 (A1191) AND SPECIMENS OF VICTORIAN DESIGNS 1870-1899 (A1192)
These are located at the National Archives of Australia, Canberra Office. They are not online.
VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT GAZETTE - DESIGN REGISTRATIONS 1869-1907
Some design registrations are listed in Victorian government gazettes. See Victorian Government Gazettes.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF AUSTRALIAN DESIGNS 1907-PRESENT (A1337)
Applications for Registration of Australian Designs are searchable through the catalogue on the National Archives of Australia website. Some of these have been digitized.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF AUSTRALIA - REGISTER OF AUSTRALIAN DESIGNS 1907-2003 (A13166)
This is located at the National Archives of Australia, Canberra Office. They are not online.
IP AUSTRALIA - DESIGN REGISTER
This includes all design applications and registrations from 1986 and all design registrations from 1973 to 1985 that were still active in 1985.
DESIGN AND ART AUSTRALIA ONLINE
This is a database and e-research tool for art and design researchers.