Last updated: 
11 April 2019

From September 2018 to 1 February 2019 IP Australia sought comments from stakeholders with an interest in how Indigenous Knowledge is protected, used and managed. 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. More information can be found in our consultation paper.

This consultation process follows the publication of Indigenous Knowledge: Issues for protection and management, a paper produced by the Indigenous owned legal firm Terri Janke and Company for IP Australia and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Submissions for this consultation process closed on 1 February 2019.

Thank you to all who have provided submissions and attended our roundtables. We are analysing all the input we have received and will publish a report on this process in coming months.

Please direct any questions concerning this consultation to


In November 2018, IP Australia held a series of roundtables across Australia as part of this consultation process. The participants were given the opportunity to discuss their views on the issues raised in the consultation paper, including:

  • the key issues associated with the protection and management of Indigenous Knowledge in Australia; and
  • the options that IP Australia has proposed to enhance the promotion and protection of Indigenous Knowledge in Australia.

Submissions received

We received the following non-confidential submissions:

Dr Ana Penteado

Dr Ana Penteado PDF in PDF format [344.89 KB]

Dr Dimitrios Eliades

Dr Dimitrios Eliades PDF in PDF format [507.92 KB]