Any design for an article which is a new shape for that article or which is a new pattern applied to that article can be registered as a Design. For example, a new shape for a chair or bicycle helmet can be registered as a Design. The protection given for a registered design is based on the visual appearance of the article and so this form of protection is useful where the article itself is not new but the shape is new.
See our leaflet “Australian Registered Design” for more details on how to acquire this type of protection.
As with patents, it is important not to show your new design to other people before you have applied for a Design Registration.