People with Disabilities

Australia’s copyright legislation allows the conversion of copyright content, such as books, into accessible formats for people with print disabilities, without infringing the copyright owners’ rights.

These uses include making sound recordings, Braille versions, large-print versions, adaptations, photographic and electronic versions of copyright works. A person with a print disability can make an accessible format version of something that is not otherwise available in that format.

An institution can make an accessible format version, that is not otherwise available, for a person with a disability if it is:

  • a recognised body whose principal function is assisting people with a disability; or
  • an educational institution covered by an agreement with the Copyright Agency.

The Copyright Agency is appointed by the Australian Government to manage the special provisions for institutions assisting people with disabilities. The Copyright Agency has not sought any payment for copies made under the provisions.


Australian institutions can provide accessible format copies to other Australian institutions that assist people with disabilities.

The Copyright Agency is developing processes to enable copies to be provided to institutions in other countries, including through the Accessible Books Consortium.

Download information sheet on Accessible Books Consortium and Accessible Books Service.

Specialist Suppliers

There are a range of sources to get books and other material in accessible formats.

In Australia, these include:

Marrakesh Treaty Forum Communiqué

Representatives of the publishing industry, authors, libraries, copyright, disability associations, government and accessible format providers joined together on 8 November for a far-reaching exchange of information and ideas to progress the Marrakesh Treaty’s implementation in Australia.

The aim of the Forum was to identify the key challenges in making published material accessible to the print disabled and to identify the pathways to address those challenges.

The Forum looked at Marrakesh Treaty implementation, and at medium-to-long-term initiatives with respect to ‘Born Accessible’ content in the commercial sector.

More here.


22 April 2017

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