Data licensing

The Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau) is publishing water information to be used by the community.

To ensure wide use of water information, and to protect data suppliers' copyright, the Bureau recommends data providers use the Creative Commons Attribution Australia Licence (CC Attribution Licence) to cover the data they provide under the Water Regulations 2008. Read more about applying the CC Attribution Licence to water information.

Why Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material legally and in a standardised way.

Applying the CC Attribution Licence aligns with the Australian and State governments' policies to promote a culture of openness and the release of public sector information on the most unrestricted terms whenever possible.

The CC Attribution Licence is widely used across the Internet by individuals, companies and governments. For example, Wikipedia and Flickr both use the CC Attribution Licence. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has licensed the majority of the information on its website under the CC Attribution Licence. Geoscience Australia has licensed numerous datasets, including its Australian Mines Atlas and MODIS data, under the CC Attribution Licence.


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Unless otherwise noted, all material on this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Australia Licence