Creative Commons licences are currently used by government agencies at all levels – local, State/Territory and Federal – in Australia. To find Creative Commons licenced material click here.

Use the licence tool to find the appropriate licence for your work.

What is Creative Commons?

A Shared Culture

An explanation of the concept of shared culture and how Creative Commons licences works in conjunction with this concept.

Creative Common Licences

This video explains the six types of Creative Commons licences and how they can be applied to your work.

Applying a Creative Commons licence to government material:

Check out the detailed CC & Government Guide: Using Creative Commons 3.0 Australia Licences on Government Copyright Material,  developed to assist government agencies in applying Creative Commons licences to their material.

Case Studies:

The Australian government have embraced the use of Creative Commons licences and released the entire 2010-11 Budget under a CC Attribution licence. Further government use of CC licences can be seen by the Australian Bureau of Statistics who now distribute all data using a CC Attribution licence.

For further information about government usage of Creative Commons licences check out the Australian section of the Government Use of Creative Commons page on the CC International wiki.

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Recent news and blog posts

  • New South Wales Government Open Data Policy supports Creative Commons licensing for government data and information (12 Nov 13) When the New South Wales government published the NSW Government Open Data Policy (v. 1.0, September 2013)  on 11 November 2013, it adopted a position on Creative Commons licensing of government data and information that is consistent with that which has recently been adopted by other Australian jurisdictions (Federal government, Queensland and South Australia) in their ...
  • Creative Commons at the Internet Governance Forum, Bali (24 Oct 13) Creative Commons Affiliate members from several countries participated in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF8) at the Bali International Convention Centre, Nusa Dua, Bali (21 to 25 October 2013).  CC Affiliates in Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom were represented.   Anne Fitzgerald of CC Australia convened the workshop “Internet Governance and Open Government Data Initiatives”  (workshop #303, Tuesday ...
  • South Australian Government launches Government Data Directory under CC BY 3.0 Australia licence (05 Sep 13) In September 2013, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill issued an Open Data Declaration, which will require all government agencies to ensure their data is publicly accessible. The Premier also officially launched data.sa.gov.au, the South Australian Government Data Directory that will provide access to open government data. As is the case with data portals set up by the Commonwealth, Queensland and Victorian Governments, the ...
  • CC licensing underpins Queensland’s Open Data Revolution (11 Jan 13) The Queensland Government has implemented its ‘open data revolution’ by launching the Queensland Government Data website – data.qld.gov.au. The initiative was first announced by Premier Campbell Newman in a press release ‘Queensland Government’s ‘open data’ revolution begins‘ in October 2012. The Premier’s press release ‘New portal revolutionises open data‘ (14 December 2012) heralded the launch of the ...
  • Access to data in emergencies (09 Jan 13) We’ve previously blogged about the Emergency 2.0 Wiki, which was developed by Eileen Culleton and a team of volunteers in response to the floods and cyclones experienced in eastern Australia in 2011.  Emergency 2.0 is ‘a free global resource for using social media and new technologies in emergencies’. The wiki provides tips for finding information and ...
  • Queensland Police data website licensed under CC BY (05 Nov 12) The Queensland Police Service is again leading the way as a government agency, recently launching the myPolice Data website (http://mypolice.qld.gov.au/data/). myPolice Data currently provides statistical information on the number and rates of reported offences between 1997 – 2012. This data can be downloaded as .csv files, or presented on an interactive graft on the website. Information ...
  • Geoscience Australia licenses Landsat 8 satellite images under CC BY (27 Sep 12) The terms of the new Landsat 8 satellite agreement between the governments of the United States and Australia acknowledge that Geoscience Australia (GA), like its senior partner the US Geological Survey, is committed to making more spatial data more readily publicly available. This commitment is a significant operational expression of GA’s mission statement of ‘applying geosciences ...
  • Geoscience Australia to license Landsat 8 images under CC BY (27 Jul 12) The Landsat 8 satellite, to be launched in early 2013, is expected to be fully operational by May or June of that year. Once it begins capturing images and beaming them back, Geoscience Australia (GA) will publish them online for free, in as close to real time as practical, under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 ...
  • Paris OER Declaration formally adopted (04 Jul 12) The 2012 World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress was hosted by UNESCO in Paris, on 20-22 June 2012. In addition to showcasing the world’s best practices in OER policies, initiatives and experts and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2002 UNESCO forum that coined the term “OER”, UNESCO member States unanimously approved the Paris OER Declaration ...
  • Census Data available under CC BY (21 Jun 12) The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has just released the 2011 Census data under a CC BY licence.They have also made available data analysis tools such as QuickStats which lets users view a quick summary about certain areas. Of course, under the CC BY licence, members of the public can create their own data analysis tools ...
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