The Australian Government has recently released two documents which implement the Government’s Statement of Intellectual Property Principles for Australian Government Agencies:

  • Guidelines on Licensing Public Sector Information for Australian Government Agencies; and
  • Australian Government Intellectual Property Manual (“IP Manual”).

Both documents are available on the Attorney-General’s Department website, under the CC BY 3.0 Australian licence.

In particular, chapter 9 of the IP Manual (which deals with “Sharing and Granting Public Access to IP”) makes it clear that PSI should be released free of charge under a CC BY Australian licence by default. The IP Manual refers readers to our CC and Government webpage for more detailed information.

We are keeping abreast of these developments, and will be updating our CC and Government Guide accordingly.