$116m paid to members in 2018/19

July 2, 2019

The Copyright Agency closed off the Financial Year 2018/19 making distributions to members of $116 million.

The money, which comes from licence fees paid by the education, government and commercial sectors for using valuable copyright material, is paid across the creative economy – to publishers, authors, academics and teachers, plus to journalists and media publishers, surveyors and visual artists.

CEO Adam Suckling says, “It’s a great privilege to distribute these copyright payments every year to help ensure that Australia’s education and creative sectors are supported in their endeavours and paid fairly for their highly valuable work. This is central to our purpose of serving our members, as well as supporting the creative economy and Australian culture through Cultural Fund grants for creators.”

“Delivering for our members requires a considerable effort by multiple teams within Copyright Agency. I’d like to thank everyone involved in ensuring these payments were made accurately and on time.”

With thousands of members receiving payments, it is understandable there will be questions along the way.

In fact, in the month of June, our busiest period, the Member Services team achieved a 98% satisfaction rating from customers via our Help Desk, closing out over 300 interactions with a rating of “Good”.

It’s a really good effort and we thank the team, and our members, for working together in a spirit of great cooperation. If you have a question or want further information, please contact our Member Services team at memberservices@copyright.com.au.