CC and Government

This webpage tracks developments and provides information about the use of Creative Commons licences by government agencies at all levels – local, State/Territory and Federal - in Australia.


Government is the area of greatest adoption of Creative Commons in Australia. From the Australian Bureau of Statistics releasing all census data under CC Attribution licences to the Australian Government releasing the entire 2010-11 Budget under a Creative Commons Attribution licence, more and more government agencies are using CC licences to distribute their copyright materials.


Want to know more?

Follow CC in Government AU on Twitter at: @govCCAu or search for the hashtag #govCCAu for updates. See our related project site, Access to and Use of Public Sector Information (auPSI), aupsi.org. Or check out the Australian section of the Government Use of Creative Commons page on the CC International wiki.

Our CC & Government Guide: Using Creative Commons 3.0 Australia Licences on Government Copyright Materials has been developed to assist government agencies apply Creative Commons licences to their copyright materials when distributing them. The guide explains how copyright law applies to Australian government material, how copyright can be managed to facilitate beneficial open access practices by government, how CC licences can be used to achieve open access to government material, and provides practical step-by-step guidance for agencies and their officers on licensing and use of government copyright materials under CC 3.0 Australia licences.

The Guide and its related factsheets are available at QUT's ePrints repository under a CC BY 3.0 Australia licence:

A Guide written in relation to version 2.5 of the CC Australia licences is available at QUT's ePrints. This Guide remains available as version 2.5 has been applied to extensive government copyright materials to date.

If you would like to read more about our research in this area, please see the following publications:

Fitzgerald, Anne M., Hooper, Neale, & Fitzgerald, Brian F. (2010) The use of Creative Commons licensing to enable open access to public sector information and publicly funded research results : an overview of recent Australian developments. In Bourcier, Danièle, Casanovas, Pompeu, Dulong de Rosnay, Mélanie, & Maracke, Catharina (Eds.) Intelligent Multimedia : Managing Creative Works in a Digital World. European Press Academic Publishing , pp. 151-174.

Fitzgerald, Anne M., Fitzgerald, Brian F., & Hooper, Neale (2010) Enabling open access to public sector information with Creative Commons Licences : the Australian experience. In Access to Public Sector Information : Law, Technology & Policy. Sydney University Press.

Fitzgerald, Anne M. (2010) European Public Sector Information Platform Topic Report No. 13 - State of Play: PSI Reuse in Australia.

Hooper, Neale, Fitzgerald, Anne M., Barker, Tim, & McColm, Graham (2006) Government information licensing framework project stage 2 report. The State of Queensland (Queensland Treasury), Brisbane. (Note: this is the earliest report on our research which examined the potential for use of CC licences by government agencies and is the foundation stone for the subsequent work that we did in this area.)



Category Archives: Government

New South Wales Government Open Data Policy supports Creative Commons licensing for government data and information

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 … Continue reading

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Creative Commons at the Internet Governance Forum, Bali

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 … Continue reading

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South Australian Government launches Government Data Directory under CC BY 3.0 Australia licence

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. … Continue reading

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CC licensing underpins Queensland’s Open Data Revolution

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 … Continue reading

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Access to data in emergencies

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 … Continue reading

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