Australian Childhood Foundation CTM

Closed 13 May 2015

Opened 15 Apr 2015

Results updated 27 Oct 2015

The ACCC received three submissions in response to the Australian Childhood Foundation’s CTM application. The ACCC will take these submission into account when issuing its initial assessment.

The ACF responded to these submissions on 11 June 2015.  

On 26 October 2015 the ACCC issued an initial assessment proposing to register the CTM. A copy of the ACCC’s initial assessment is available below.



The ACCC is considering an application to register Certification Trade Mark (CTM) number 1585884 from the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF).


The ACF’s CTM application is intended to allow organisations to display the mark if they are accredited by the ACF under its Safeguarding Children Program as having best practice standards for protecting children and young people from abuse and exploitation whilst they participate in the organisation’s services and programs.

ACCC role

Under Part 16 of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (TMA), before a CTM can be registered by IP Australia the ACCC must be satisfied that certain criteria are met. In general terms, the ACCC must be satisfied that the CTM application and corresponding rules meet the technical requirements set by the TMA and do not raise consumer protection, competition or associated concerns.

The ACCC is seeking submissions on the application before it issues an initial assessment.

Publication: Certification trade marks: the role of the ACCC


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