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This website is presented by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for the purposes of collaborating ideas through DFAT’s Collaboration Space.

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The material on this website is a summary only of the subject matter covered and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government or DFAT. It is not intended to be nor should it be relied on as a substitute for legal or other professional advice. Users should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances.

The material on this website may include the views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect the views of DFAT, or indicate its commitment to a particular course of action.


This website may contain links to other websites that are external to DFAT. DFAT has no direct control over the content of the linked sites, or the changes that may occur to the content on those sites. DFAT is not responsible for the content or reliability of links, or for any loss or inconvenience arising from their use. Providing links to external websites does not constitute an endorsement or a recommendation of any material on those sites or of any third party products or services offered by, from or through those sites. Users of links provided by this website are responsible for being aware of which organisation is hosting the website they visit.


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DFAT is not liable to users of the material for any loss or damage however caused resulting from the use of the material.

Ideas Challenge

Terms of Use of the Ideas Challenge

The Ideas Challenge is only open to current DFAT staff.

When you are submitting, reviewing, commenting or otherwise interacting with ideas or accessing ideas on the Ideas Challenge, please ensure that you:

  • do post material to the forum that is relevant to the issues being consulted on
  • do represent your own views and do not impersonate or falsely represent any other person
  • do not abuse, harass or threaten others
  • do not make defamatory or slanderous comments
  • do not use offensive, insulting, provocative or hateful language 
  • do not post material that infringes the intellectual property rights of others
  • do not promote commercial interest
  • do not post overtly political comments (e.g. reference to candidates, fundraisers, support for political parties).

The innovationXchange reserves the right to moderate comments and may remove any comments that, in the innovationXchange’s opinion, are inappropriate.


Acknowledgement as to Ownership of Ideas submitted to the Ideas Challenge



Idea(s) means any document, material, content, text, diagrams or illustrations submitted as an entry or comment to the Ideas Challenge;

Ideas Challenge means the ideas sharing platform maintained by DFAT and known as the Ideas Challenge;

Implementation means the confirmation by DFAT that it will act on and implement an Idea;

Intellectual Property means any trade marks, copyright, designs, rights in computer software, databases and lists, rights in any inventions, technology, experimental methods and results, processes, systems, concepts, protocols, techniques and know–how of any nature, patents, plant variety rights, and all other intellectual property, as that term is generally understood, whether registered or unregistered;

You means the person submitting, reviewing, commenting or otherwise interacting with ideas or accessing ideas on the Ideas Challenge.


DFAT acknowledges that You may submit Ideas which are your own to the Ideas Challenge and You may submit Ideas which belong to someone else to the Ideas Challenge.

In order that You and DFAT understand your rights in relation to the Ideas submitted to the Ideas Challenge, You agree that:

  1. all Ideas submitted to the Ideas Challenge which are your own will be acknowledged by You as being your own idea, and you acknowledge that the Ideas:

    1. are original and originally created by You;

    2. have not been disclosed in detail to any person outside DFAT other than under a formal arrangement of confidentiality;

    3. are accurate; and

    4. do not violate and will not violate the rights of any third party.

  2. all Intellectual Property in Ideas submitted to the Ideas Challenge, which are your own, are assigned by You to DFAT on submission and are thereafter owned by DFAT. DFAT agrees that it will consider providing a licence of the Intellectual Property to You in Ideas submitted by You should You request.

  3. where You submit Ideas which are not your own, You will attribute the source or owner of the Ideas to the fullest extent possible (for example, where You submit Ideas which You may have seen implemented elsewhere, You will provide full particulars of the source of the Idea including where and when You saw the Idea and any other details of which You are aware regarding the implementer of the Idea).

  4. DFAT may rely on your acknowledgement in relation to any claims, demands or challenges made by third parties or by You.

Intellectual Property in an Idea assigned to DFAT by You pursuant to this acknowledgement will be reassigned to You in the event the Idea does not reach implementation. 


You agree that the Ideas are confidential in nature. The Ideas may be shared within DFAT, however, You agree that you will not disclose the Ideas or any confidential information outside DFAT.

Privacy Notice

We will use the personal information You provide in order to gather information on usage of the platform and to allocate prizes to winning ideas and Divisions and/or posts.  We will not disclose your personal information outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, unless allowed by law. Our Privacy Policy describes how we protect and manage personal information, how you can access and seek to correct your personal information and how to make a privacy complaint.