20 September 2022

NHMRC has released its revised Open Access Policy and supporting document Open Access and Retention of Ownership Rights.

The revised Policy:

  • removes the allowance for a 12-month period before making a publication open access and requires publications to be made available immediately upon publication requires the use of open licensing, which means publications can be used and shared widely.
  • The Policy includes guidance about how to comply with the requirements in the Policy.


The new requirements in the Policy will apply to all new grants awarded under NHMRC Grant Opportunity Guidelines issued from 20 September 2022, and will be phased in for all other NHMRC grants with full implementation by 1 January 2024.

A copy of the Policy and further information is available on NHMRC’s website.

For further information, please contact the Ethics and Integrity Section.