States and Territory Licences

OVERVIEW

The Copyright Act enables Commonwealth, State and Territory governments (the Crown) and persons authorised in writing by the Crown to make an unlimited number of uses of copyright material for the services of government.

By providing this licence for government, the Copyright Act aims to balance the copying needs of government in Australia with the rights of authors and other creators to earn a living.

Commonwealth, State and Territory government departments and agencies are eligible to copy and communicate under the Statutory Government Licence provided the activity is for the services of the Commonwealth or State.

Copyright Agency provides your agency or department with an indemnity to ensure your department or agency is protected against legal proceedings by having pre-determined terms for the use of copyright material. Additionally, since Copyright Agency has been declared by the Copyright Tribunal as the collecting society for government copies of works and published editions of works, government departments and agencies are no longer required to notify copyright owners of use when they have entered into an agreement with Copyright Agency.

ACTIVITIES ALLOWED UNDER THE STATUTORY GOVERNMENT LICENCE

Commonwealth, State and Territory government departments and agencies may make unlimited uses of any amount of copyright material for the services of government. This means unlimited reproductions, adaptations, and communications – essentially any act normally the exclusive right of the copyright owner. This is outlined in section 183 of the Copyright Act. There are different collecting societies that deal with the different mediums of works, such as performances and broadcasts.

OPERATION OF SURVEYS UNDER THE STATUTORY GOVERNMENT LICENCE

Copyright Agency and government departments and agencies contract third party statistical research companies to conduct surveys of how much and what copyright material is used. These surveys are used to determine fees paid by the government for use of copyright materials. They also provide very important distribution information so that Copyright Agency can pass on royalties to the relevant authors and publishers whose works have been used. These surveys are conducted periodically in different government departments and agencies around Australia to ensure a fair representation of copyright data collected.

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

The following brochure provides an overview of statutory licence for copying by Commonwealth, State and Territory government departments and agencies:

STATE AND TERRITORY AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS UNDER THE STATUTORY GOVERNMENT LICENCE

Click the links below to view a list of departments and agencies for each State and Territory that have an agreement  with Copyright Agency.

If your department or agency is not listed and you think you are eligible for the Statutory Government Licence please contact our Government Licensing team on 02 9394 7600 or email government@copyright.com.au to find out who your government representative is, so that you may be added to the agreement.

MORE INFORMATION

For further information, please contact our Government Licensing department on  1800 066 844 (toll free within Australia) or +61 2 9394 7600. You can email us on government@copyright.com.au.

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