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

Next steps

The submissions indicated to us that we needed to get a more holistic understanding of the range of issues relating to Indigenous Knowledge. In 2017, we commenced a joint project with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to investigate the protection and management of Indigenous Knowledge in Australia. We have commissioned specialist Indigenous IP legal firm, Terri Janke and Company, to develop a discussion paper on the key issues concerning Indigenous Knowledge.