Last updated: 
10 October 2018
A follow up consultation is now open for submissions. Our aim is to identify policy options that relate to the IP responsibilities of IP Australia and help to promote the cultural integrity and economic potential of Indigenous Knowledge. Have your say before submissions close on 1 February 2019.

What is Indigenous knowledge?

We've used 'Indigenous Knowledge' to mean traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions of Indigenous peoples, which includes stories, dance, languages, symbols, crafts, cosmology, medicinal and environmental knowledge.

Here are some examples of Indigenous Knowledge and the IP system

How should Australia protect Indigenous Knowledge?

We sought your views about Indigenous Knowledge and the intellectual property (IP) system. The closing date for submissions was 31 January 2016.

We've received the following submissions

Patricia Adjei in PDF format [43.53 KB]

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in PDF format [213.44 KB]

The Arts Law Centre of Australia in PDF format [270.6 KB]

Chuulangun Aboriginal Corporation in PDF format [291.82 KB]

Indigenous Advisory Committee in PDF format [298.66 KB]

Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council in PDF format [708.36 KB]

Ninti one Limited in PDF format [1.2 MB]

Dr Daniel Robinson in PDF format [402.38 KB]

Terri Janke and Company IP Lawyers in PDF format [597.96 KB]

UTS - Recognising and Protecting Aboriginal Knowledge Associated with Natural Resource Management in PDF format [1.81 MB]