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Rights

Find information on rights, including human rights and anti-discrimination, freedom of information and privacy, and intellectual property rights and copyright.

Freedom of information

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The FOI Act is the legislative basis for open government in Australia and covers Australian Government ministers and most agencies. This section is about the FOI Act as it applies across the Australian Government.

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Freedom of Information Act 1982

An Act to give to members of the public rights of access to official documents of the Government of the Commonwealth and of its agencies.

Attorney-General's Department

Human rights and anti-discrimination

Provides links to anti-discrimination laws and human rights agencies at both the Commonwealth and the state and territory level.

Attorney-General's Department

Human rights in the school classroom

Provides a range of rightsEd resources mapped to the national curriculum and including interactive activities for teachers and their students. Learning outcomes linked to curriculum are included in each resource.

Australian Human Rights Commission

Information for employers – anti-discrimination

Provides information to help employers deal effectively with discrimination and harassment in the workplace so that everyone involved with your business is treated fairly and with respect.

Australian Human Rights Commission

Intellectual property and copyright

Provides information on copyright in Australia. Also provides links to key legislation and other related websites.

Attorney-General's Department

IP Australia

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Manages intellectual property rights and legislation relating to patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder's rights.
More: Understanding intellectual property | Patents | Trade marks | Designs

IP Australia

Know your rights at work

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The Commission can investigate and try to resolve complaints of discrimination and breaches of human rights in work, education, services and other areas based on a person’s sex, disability, race, age and other attributes.

Australian Human Rights Commission

Lending rights

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Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) make payments to eligible Australian creators and publishers in recognition that income is lost through the free multiple use of their books in public and educational libraries.

Ministry for the Arts

Licensing and use of Commonwealth material

People wanting to use Australian Government copyright material need permission from the agency that published it. Each agency is now responsible for managing copyright for material it produces.

Attorney-General's Department

Native title

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The department provides the government with legal and legal-policy advice on native title rights.

Attorney-General's Department

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

Responsible for freedom of information, privacy and information policy functions.
More: Privacy | Freedom of information

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner