The Australian Government has a lot of IP to protect, and all government agencies are responsible for managing the IP they produce.

Government use of IP

IP is very valuable. The Australian Government IP Rules provide guidance on how Australian government agencies should manage their IP, and how different types of IP should be used.

The IP rules also contain information about:

  • parts of government contracts and agreements that are about IP
  • publication and licensing of government information
  • Government use of copyright material

Quick Guide to Government IP Rules

The quick guide to the Australian Government IP Rules includes information about the IP issues government agencies need to know.

Statement of IP Principles

The Statement of IP Principles outlines how agencies should manage their IP. It applies to a range of activities including procurement, record keeping, industry development, innovation and public access.

If you have questions about how the Australian Government IP rules apply to your agency, copyright [at] communications.gov.au (subject: Statement%20of%20IP%20Rules) (contact us).

Australian Government IP Rules

These Principles, together with the guidance documents below, make up the Australian Government IP rules:

Intellectual Property Manual
Guidelines for licensing Public Sector Information (PSI) for Australian Government Agencies
Sample model contract clauses
Explanatory material about the new policy and the model contract clauses
Licensing and use of Commonwealth material

For a copy of the guidance documents please copyright [at] communications.gov.au (subject: Australian%20Government%20IP%20Rules) (contact us).

If you want to use Australian Government copyright material, you need to get permission from the agency that published it.

 

Intellectual Property Principles for Commonwealth Entities

Published 19th Sep 2016

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The IP rules also contain information about parts of government contracts and agreements that are about IP, publication and licensing of government information and Government use of copyright material.

Guidelines for releasing public sector information

Published 19th Sep 2016

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If you want to use Australian Government copyright material, you need to get permission from the agency that published it.