How to become a Patent Examiner

Patent examiners investigate patent applications and report on whether they comply with the requirements of Australian patent legislation before granting patent rights for new inventions. The work of patent examiners is technically complex. It involves knowledge of technical processes used in industry and advances in scientific research. It also involves making legalistic decisions based on their knowledge of patent law.

Personal requirements of a Patent Examiner

  • decision-making and research skills
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • Australian citizenship or eligibility to apply for citizenship.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 7.4%

NSW 29.9%

NT 2.2%

QLD 15.8%

SA 4.3%

TAS 3.3%

VIC 27.4%

WA 9.7%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 47.7%

Female 52.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 1.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 13.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 9.3%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 4.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 39.7%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 30.8%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 36%

Above 35 years: 66.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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