On 16 July 2010, Lindsay Tanner, Minister for Finance and Deregulation, issued a Declaration of Open Government. This identified three key principles:
- Informing: strengthening citizen’s rights of access to information, establishing a pro-disclosure culture across Australian Government agencies including through online innovation, and making government information more accessible and usable;
- Engaging: collaborating with citizens on policy and service delivery to enhance the processes of government and improve the outcomes sought; and
- Participating: making government more consultative and participative.
The Intellectual Property Principles for Australian Government agencies" were changed by the Attorney General's Department, 1 October 2010:
Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) adopted by the Queensland Government:
11. (a) Agencies should encourage public use and easy access to material that has been published for the purpose of :
- informing and advising the public of government policy and activities;
- providing information that will enable the public and organisations to understand their own obligations and responsibilities to Government;
- enabling the public and organisations to understand their entitlements to government assistance;
- facilitating access to government services; or
- complying with public accountability requirements.
11.(b) Consistent with the need for free and open re-use and adaptation, public sector information should be licensed by agencies under the Creative Commons BY standard as the default.
The Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) makes it easy for people who use public sector information (PSI) to understand the rights of use associated with the material.