Open Access Mandates

Both the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council have introduced Open Access mandates. The mandates are based on the premise that:

The Australian Government makes a major investment in research to support its essential role in improving the wellbeing of our society. To maximise the benefits from research, publications resulting from research activities must be disseminated as broadly as possible to allow access by other researchers and the wider community.

A summary of the mandates is included below further information is available from the respective website linked to below

Australian Research Council (ARC)

  • From 1 January 2013:

    In line with ARC Funding Rules any material published in respect of an ARC-funded research activity must include acknowledgement of ARC's funding, including the grant identification number. Similarly, it is expected that any material published in respect of an ARC-funded research activity will be included in the institutional repository.

  • Applies to outputs from funding granted after 1 January 2013
  • Applies to books, book chapters and journal articles
  • Read the ARC policy.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

  • From 1 July 2012 NHMRC have mandated:

    ...any publications arising from an NHMRC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication.

  • Applies retrospectively
  • Publication must include the Grant ID number
  • Relates to anything published after 1 July 2012 as a result of an NHMRC grant no matter how old the grant
  • Applies to peer reviewed journal articles only
  • Read the NHMRC Policy.