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Our Trademarks

In Australia, the Stars are the exclusive property and trademarks of Star Ratings Australia, which has the exclusive right to use them and grant the license to use them.

Properties that hold themselves up to the independent standards of the Star Rating scheme in Australia are licensed to use Star Ratings in their advertising and promotional material. This includes incorporating any material consisting of stars, the term ‘stars’ with a number (in numerals or words) or any mark which is substantially identical or deceptively similar.

Properties that do not own a Star Rating licence cannot refer to a Star Rating standard or use a Star Rating at all; those that do are in breach of our trademarks.

A monitoring program is in place to protect Star Rating licensees and to ensure Australian properties displaying Stars in any form are licensed to do so.

Self-rated’ properties displaying or referring to Stars – in any form – that have not been licensed will be sent legal notices.

If non-compliance is seen to have occurred, legal action will be taken.

We encourage all licensees to be vigilant and to alert Star Ratings Australia to potential trademark breaches.

Licensees are invited to report any suspected non-compliance by emailing or calling (03)9601 3325.