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Australian Government intellectual property rules

Australian Government agencies have responsibilities in managing intellectual property (IP).

IP covers the wide range of intangible property that is the result of the creative and intellectual effort of individuals and organisations. This includes inventions, literary and artistic works, computer programs, databases, broadcasts, films, sound recordings, plant varieties, trade marks and designs.

The Australian Government is a major investor in the creation and development of IP through its many activities in science, health, education, public infrastructure, information technology, defence and arts and culture.

The Quick Guide to the Australian Government IP Rules provides an overview of what IP issues you may need to consider in particular circumstances, and where to go for more information:

The Statement of IP Principles has been endorsed by the Australian Government as the central policy document for how agencies should manage their IP. It is relevant to a broad range of activities including procurement, record keeping, industry development and broader innovation policy, and public access.

Compliance with the IP Principles is mandatory for all agencies covered by the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997:

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

Further guidance on using Creative Commons and other licences to release public sector information is available from the Creative Commons and AusGOAL websites.

If you have questions about how the Australian Government IP rules apply to your agency contact us at