We protect our members’ rights, collect and pay royalties, advocate for balanced copyright and provide vital grants to creators. In 2018, we achieved a net income of $131 million, up 3.1%, and payments of $124 million to members, up 5.1%.
Serving our members
Our members are at the core of everything we do and copyright royalties are important to their livelihoods, their creative output and their business bottom lines. We work to protect royalties and ensure respect for creators by advocating to government and reminding the Australian community of the value of creativity.
Innovation for education
In 2018, we started to trial a cloud-based tool called Flex to help librarians, teachers and students easily source copyright compliant material; launched a new $15k fellowship for teachers; and added improved our digital textbook solution for schools, LearningField.
Licensing at work
Businesses are demonstrating their respect for creators more than ever by taking annual copyright licences. 150 new businesses bought copyright licences in 2018 including Qantas, Multiplex, City of Sydney Council, MLC Investments, SMSF Association and the NRL.
Supporting Australian creativity
The Copyright Agency works to support writers, publishers and visual artists at all stages of their careers. 2018 saw the announcement of two new Cultural Fund Fellowships, for Non-Fiction Writing and Visual Art, both worth $80,000.
Awards and Sponsorship
We support the Australian publishing, writing and visual arts community with grants, with direct sponsorship and with valuable awards and Fellowships. See below for more details of awards supported by the Copyright Agency either directly or through the Cultural Fund.