Government Intellectual Property

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The Department works to promote and implement the effective management of intellectual property by Government agencies. It also facilitates the commercialisation of this intellectual property in conjunction with the business community.

Western Australian Government resources are utilised in many innovative and creative activities aimed at finding new and improved solutions to meet the State’s needs. These activities may involve the development of new technologies, the application of existing technologies, scientific research, or other creative endeavours.

At the same time, valuable intellectual property assets may be generated including patentable inventions, copyright material, new plant varieties, valuable trade secrets, registered designs or trademarks.

The results of the innovation or creativity can potentially be used by public and private sector organisations in Australia or overseas or by the Western Australian community. This provides opportunities for the intellectual property to be utilised or commercialised for the benefit of Western Australians.

For more information refer to the following:

Encouraging Innovation by Government Agencies and Employees

The Government of Western Australia strives to provide efficient and effective services. To do this, leading agencies will innovate and create unique products, services, technologies and solutions. To encourage best management practices and innovation across the Western Australian Government, the Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Department of Treasury, is developing a framework to encourage innovation. For details and progress email

Until the new framework is developed and approved, the existing employee reward prorocedures continue to apply where an agency's legislation does not have explicit guidance.

Applicable legislation

The following legislation is applicable to intellectual property. For your convenience, links have been provided to the State Law Publisher for State legislation and the Australasian Legal Information Institute for Commonwealth legislation:

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