Code of Conduct

Copyright Agency is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies. The code is designed to ensure that the rights of all members and licensees are clearly stated, and that the operations of collecting societies are transparent and accessible.

The Code of Conduct, which was developed in 2002, includes Complaints Handling and Dispute Resolution procedures that collecting societies must follow.

Code Reviewer

The current Code Reviewer is the Hon Dr Kevin Lindgren AM QC, a former judge of the Federal Court and President of the Copyright Tribunal.

Making a submission

Licensees, members and others can make a submission to the Code Reviewer about a collecting society’s compliance with the Code of Conduct. Submissions are due by the end of July each year.

Post submissions to: The Code Reviewer, Suite 704, 4 Young Street, Neutral Bay NSW 2089, Australia, or email:

Review process

Collecting societies’ compliance with the Code of Conduct is reviewed each year by the Code Reviewer.

The process includes:

  • a report by each society on its compliance with the Code
  • calls for submissions from members, licensees and others affected by the activities of copyright collecting societies
  • a report by the Code Reviewer, published on each society’s website

Code Reviewer Reports

Collecting societies’ compliance with the Code is reviewed annually. At least once every three years, the Code Reviewer invites submissions on whether there are any amendments that are necessary or desirable to improve the operation of the Code. The most recent review was in 2014.

Download report on 2014 triennial review

Download supplementary report

The next review of the text of the Code is due in 2017.

See previous Code Reviewer Reports on the Screenrights website. If you wish to be emailed previous Code Review Reports, please contact us.

27 October 2016