The use of Creative Commons licences by government in Australia is really heating up! From the Australian Bureau of Statistics releasing all census data under CC Attribution licences, to the Government 2.0 Taskforce recommending that public sector information be licensed under the CC Attribution licence as default, 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

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

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):

Or check out the Government Use of Creative Commons page on the CC International wiki.

The Creative Commons and Government guide

Our Guide to Applying Creative Commons Licences to Government Material has been developed to assist government agencies apply Creative Commons licences to their copyright materials when distributing them.

CC licences can be used by governments as a simple and effective mechanism to support the reuse of their copyright protected material, particularly where such material is made available in digital form online or distributed electronically (including on compact disc). In Australia, as in other countries worldwide, there is a growing awareness at the government level of the advantages of using open content licences (such as CC licences) when distributing copyright materials.

This guide explains how copyright law applies to government material, how copyright can be managed to facilitate beneficial open access practices by government and how Creative Commons licences can be used to achieve open access to government material.

You can download a DRAFT version of the guide from QUT ePrint repository. We welcome your comments so please help us in creating a better guide for everyone!