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New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) framework

The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) was approved by Cabinet on 5 July 2010 as government guidance for State Services agencies to follow when releasing copyright works and non-copyright material for re-use by third parties. It standardises the licensing of government copyright works for re-use using Creative Commons licences and recommends the use of ‘no-known rights’ statements for non-copyright material. It is widely recognised that re-use of this material by individuals and organisations may have significant creative and economic benefit for New Zealand.

NZGOAL does not apply to information or works containing personal or other sensitive information, except for its guidance on anonymising datasets which, once stripped of personal information, might be licensed or released.

State Services agencies should make their copyright works which are or may be of interest or use to people available online for re-use on the most open of licensing terms within NZGOAL – the Creative Commons Attribution (BY) licence – unless a restriction applies. Likewise they should provide public online access to non-copyright material that is or may be of interest to people, using a ‘no-known rights’ statement.

NZGOAL provides a series of open licensing and open access principles for copyright works and non-copyright material. These principles address, among other things, issues relating to open licensing, open access, creativity, authenticity, non-discrimination, open format and charging. It also guides agencies through the questions they need to consider before releasing material for re-use.

The release of NZGOAL was announced by the Minister of State Services on 6 August 2010.

NZGOAL (in multiple formats), the Cabinet Minute (CAB Min (10) 24/5A), the Cabinet Paper, the letter from the State Services Commissioner to Public Service department Chief Executives alerting them to the release of NZGOAL, and a series of Questions and Answers have all been released.

You can access NZGOAL in PDF and Word formats or go to the HTML version. Please note that the PDF format is the authoritative version.

Download a PDF of NZGOAL
Read NZGOAL online

Download the .doc version of NZGOAL

Creative Commons Licence Crown copyright ©. The New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework (NZGOAL) by the State Services Commission is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand Licence. Please note that neither the State Services Commission emblem nor the New Zealand Government logo may be used in any way which infringes any provision of the Flags, Emblems, and Names Protection Act 1981 or would infringe such provision if the relevant use occurred within New Zealand. Attribution should be in written form and not by reproduction of the State Services Commission emblem or New Zealand government logo.

For further information please email or place a comment on the State Services Commission's In Development blog -

6 August 2010

NZGOAL.pdf949.14 KB
NZGOAL.doc1.35 MB
NZGOAL Cabinet Minute.pdf413.71 KB
NZGOAL Cabinet Paper.pdf2.5 MB
SSCer NZGOAL letter to Public Service CEs.pdf454.3 KB