Australian Government, Intellectual Property Principles for Australian Government Agencies (full-text).
The "Intellectual Property Principles for Australian Government Agencies" (the "Statement of IP Principles") provides a policy for the management of IP by Australian Government agencies covered by the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. Agencies were individually responsible for implementing the Statement of IP Principles by July 1, 2008.
The Statement of IP Principles was amended on October 1, 2010 to reflect Government decisions in relation to ownership of IP in software procured under ICT contracts (principle 8(a)) and free use of public sector information (principle 11(b)). FMA Act agencies must comply with new principle 8(a) in ICT procurement contract negotiations starting from October 1, 2010.
The Statement of IP Principles covers principles relevant to IP management, including procurement, record-keeping, industry development and broader innovation policy, and public access. It provides a broad policy framework for IP management by Australian Government agencies. Agencies are encouraged to develop individual IP management frameworks that reflect their own needs and objectives, consistent with other relevant Australian Government policies and requirements.