I am delighted to announce that Creative Commons Australia has formed an ongoing affiliation and partnership with the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG).

Over the past year, the AOASG has changed its focus and its name from being purely Australian and focused on support (Australian Open Access Support Group) to being Australasian and with more of an emphasis on strategy (Australasian Open Access Strategy Group). As publishing changes globally, especially the move to a more open publishing world, the role of supporting infrastructure and standards such as licenses from Creative Commons becomes even more strategically important.

This new partnership provides an exciting opportunity for us to work more closely together on advocacy and strategy on open access.

Our key priorities in Australian open access policy are to develop better cooperation, common targets and a cohesive national vision. We believe that better access to and use of our research will deliver huge benefits for Australia’s knowledge, skills and capacity. Research can inform public debate, improve our health and wellbeing, create new jobs and industries, and help solve our most complex problems. We believe the research community needs to unite behind the principles that academic research should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) and that publicly funded research should be available to the public it serves, at no charge.

We look forward to an exciting future ahead as we work together to achieve these goals.