The NSW Government supports and encourages the reuse of its publicly funded information
Material on a government website may be reused by political parties provided the copyright and licensing arrangements permit reuse by any person and the terms and conditions of reuse are complied with
Agencies must not give one political party access to material that would not be given to another political party
Government resources should not be used in a manner to advantage a particular political party. For detailed guidance, see M2022-11 2023 State Election - Caretaker Conventions.
Use of government information generally
The NSW Government supports and encourages the reuse of its publicly funded information, and endorses the use of the Australian Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework. Where material on a NSW Government website is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence, it may be used by any person provided that:
appropriate credit is given to the NSW Government agency by including the name of the agency and acknowledging the agency as the source of the material
any modifications to the material are made clear, and
there is no suggestion that the NSW Government endorses the user or its use.
Permitted uses of material under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence include to:
share – copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and
adapt – remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
Further information on the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence is available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Before any person reuses material available on a NSW Government website the terms and conditions for use of the material should be reviewed. These can usually be found under the copyright or disclaimer notice on the relevant website.
Reuse of material on a NSW Government website by political parties
Material on a NSW Government website can only be used by political parties if the copyright and licensing arrangements permit its reuse by any person. The terms and conditions of reuse must be complied with.
Any reuse of publicly available NSW Government material should be done in a manner that does not suggest that the NSW Government endorses:
the political party, or
the use of the material by the political party.
Reuse of publicly available NSW Government material during the caretaker period
Special arrangements apply in the period immediately before a State general election. During the caretaker period, agencies should be especially vigilant to protect the political neutrality of the public service and to ensure that public resources are not misused for party political purposes.
In the lead up to the State general election, agencies should review their websites to ensure that appropriate copyright notices are in place.
Agencies must not give one political party access to material that would not be given to another political party.
Who needs to know and/or comply with this?
- Advisory Entities (including Boards and Committees)
- Executive agencies related to Departments
- Separate agencies
- State Owned Corporations
- Statutory Authorities/Bodies
- Subsidiaries of the NSW Government established under the Corporations Act
- Date Issued
- Dec 2, 2022
- Review Date
- Jun 2, 2028
- Replaced By