This audit would examine the effectiveness of a selection of entities’ development and implementation of intellectual property (IP) policies and practices.

The Australian Government is a major investor in the creation and development of IP through activities in science, health, education, public infrastructure, information technology, defence, and arts and culture. The Intellectual Property Principles for Commonwealth Entities provide a policy for the management of IP by Commonwealth entities covered by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. Entities have been individually responsible for implementing the Statement of IP Principles since 1 July 2008.