The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently announced that, from July 2012, they would be requiring researchers to deposit an open access copy of any journal article arising from NHMRC-funded research to an institutional repository within 12 months of the publication date.

The new policy aligns the NHMRC with the practices of other international health and medical research funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health in the US, the UK Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.