Intellectual property management

The term 'intellectual property' or 'IP' refers to the set of legal rights that protect the results of creative efforts including literary, artistic and scientific works, performances, broadcasts, inventions, scientific discoveries, trademarks and designs.

The IP Policy outlines the way OEH manages IP and how this is optimised for the economic, social and environmental benefits to the people of New South Wales. Intellectual property is a significant and valuable asset that is managed in prudent commercial, financial and ethical practices, consistent with the public interest.

The Intellectual Property Policy (PDF 340KB) underpins the principles embedded in the Intellectual Property Management Framework for the NSW Public Sector published by the NSW Premier's Department in 2005.

The policy applies to all staff of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) whether temporary or on-going, volunteers, people on work experience, research partners and contractors carrying out work on behalf of or for OEH.

Intellectual Property Policy

For information about the policy, contact a member of the Privacy and Information Access team on (02) 9995 5266 or at

For further information on IP contact IP Australia.

Page last updated: 24 September 2018