NZGOAL (New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing) framework

The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL), approved by Cabinet on 5 July 2010, is government guidance for agencies to follow when releasing copyright works and non-copyright material for re-use by others.

The release of NZGOAL was announced by the Minister of State Services on 6 August 2010. NZGOAL applies to State Services agencies. A full list of State Services agencies can be found on the State Services Commission’s website

NZGOAL seeks to standardise the licensing of government copyright works for re-use using Creative Commons New Zealand law licences and recommends the use of ‘no-known rights’ statements for non-copyright material.

Creative Commons licences are freely available copyright licences that enable the sharing of copyright works for re-use in a standardised way and in forms that are human, machine and lawyer readable. It is widely recognised that re-use of this material by both individuals and organisations may have significant creative and economic benefit for New Zealand.

NZGOAL version 2 was released on 20 April 2015. Primarily it refines and simplifies NZGOAL and updates the code samples, for online releases of Creative Commons licensed works, to HTML 5. It also recommends the Creative Commons 4.0 International licences in preference to the Creative Commons 3.0 New Zealand licences but without requiring any retrospective action in relation to works already licensed under the 3.0 licences.

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Page last updated: 15/05/2015