A final message from CEO Adam Suckling

December 7, 2021

Dear Members,

This is the last message I will send to you as CEO. As we announced a while ago, after six fantastic years representing you, it is time to move on to other challenges.

What I have deeply enjoyed over this period is reading and seeing the output of an effective copyright system – your work. Australian stories, poems, and visual art works.

These educate, entertain, and make us think about the world. The licences we administer make it easy for users to access and use a simply enormous amount of copyright material.

Copyright provides an economic and cultural framework that respects, supports and encourages on-going creativity. Copyright Agency is proudly a critical part of that framework.

My last year has been productive on your behalf. We completed our investment in new systems, continued to advocate for balanced policy settings, distributed over $100 million to writers, publishers and visual artists and defended your rights in the Copyright Tribunal.

I would like to thank the Board and staff for all of their tireless work on your behalf. They are all wonderfully committed to the cause of creativity, copyright and serving members.

Naturally, I would also like to thank licensees for using your work in the course of educating students and running government departments and Australian businesses.

Their use of your work, and payment for it, allow us to distribute monies to you.

The Board will make an announcement on the new CEO shortly.

And finally, as it’s December (yikes already!), I wish you the warmest seasons greetings.




Copyright Agency will close from 5pm AEDT Thursday, 23 December 2021 and reopen from 9am AEDT on Monday, 10 January 2022.

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