Last updated: 
3 August 2021

Our Indigenous Knowledge Consultations 2021 are now closed, to stay up to date join our mailing list.

IP Australia is looking at ways the intellectual property (IP) system can better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to benefit from and protect their Indigenous Knowledge (IK).

Our IK project work is set out in our Indigenous Knowledge Work Plan 2020-21. We have publications, research and consultations on a number of ideas to support the protection of IK in the IP system. To receive updates about the our on-going work on IK, join our mail list.

Policy Initiatives

Our Indigenous Knowledge policy work is looking at different options relating to Indigenous Knowledge and the IP system. Information about our current and previous IK consultations can be found on the Consultation page

  • Our Indigenous Knowledge Work Plan 2020-21 outlines potential initiatives to support protection of IK in the IP system. Stakeholders supported these initiatives during our 2018-19 consultations.
  • Our IK Consultation 2021 ran from 23 February to 31 May 2021, we recieved a lot of valuable feedback and will publish consultation insights shortly.
  • We are chairing a cross departmental working group which is conducting a scoping study to assess if stand-alone legislation could help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people protect and commercialise their IK.

  • We are developing new educational materials to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people understand the IP system, and increase awareness about the use and misuse of IK.
  • To better understand the economic value of IK, we commissioned the report: Estimating the Market Value of Indigenous Knowledge and released a series of insights to share some of the findings.

Questions about our current consultation can be sent to To receive updates on our IK work, join our mail list.


Find out more about our Indigenous Knowledge work in the publications below.


IP Australia acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which our agency is located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging. IP Australia acknowledges Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.