Stand-alone Legislation for Indigenous Knowledge: Interim Scoping Study Consultations

Closed 9 Nov 2022

Opened 5 Oct 2022


*Update: Late submissions and survey responses will be accepted until Wednesday 9 November 2022*

As part of the Australian Government commitment to establish stand-alone legislation to protect Indigenous Knowledge, its Indigenous Knowledge Working Group is conducting a scoping study on potential elements of stand-alone legislation that would support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to protect and commercialise their Indigenous Knowledge (IK).

IK includes Traditional Knowledge (TK) such as know‐how, practices, techniques and skills, and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCEs) such as visual imagery, performance, design, words and names. Stand-alone (or sui generis) legislation means an entirely new law or number of laws, outside of the existing Intellectual Property system, created because existing legislation does not have the scope to fully protect IK. 

We have published an interim report on the scoping study so that the process is open and inclusive. We would like the input of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to be central in the study. We are seeking public feedback over October before the Working Group finalises the scoping study and provides it to government. 

Get involved:

  • Send written or recorded comments or a submission by email to
  • Take our online survey below.
  • Email us and we can call you to get your feedback.

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Acknowledgement of Country:

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.

Privacy Statement:

Any personal information captured in this consultation will be stored and used in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and the IP Australia Privacy Policy. The information collected by IP Australia in this consultation is for the purposes of undertaking policy work with our consultants NintiOne into potential stand-alone legislation to protect Indigenous Knowledge.

The IP Australia Privacy Policy contains information about how you can access or correct the information collected or how to make a privacy breach complaint. Unless required or authorised by law, information collected in this survey will not be disclosed to other recipients outside the Australian Government, including any overseas recipients.


Cover image: “Yuliyin Marradhal Yandhul” meaning Past, Present and Future; this is a combination of the Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri peoples language groups; Dalmarri Pty LTD, image ©



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