The Australian Government has appointed the Copyright Agency to manage the education copying scheme (Statutory Education Licence).
The licence, set out in the Copyright Act 1968, allows educators to copy and share text and images in ways that usually require permission provided that fair compensation is made to the creators of the content.
Australian educators can copy and communicate text, images and print music without a copyright clearance if:
- they work for an institution that is covered by a ‘remuneration notice’ (or fair compensation arrangements); and
- their use is solely for educational purposes.
Fair compensation arrangements
Copyright Agency has fair compensation agreements in place for:
- nearly all schools, which are represented by the Copyright Advisory Group to the Education Council (CAG)
- all Technical and Further Education institutes (TAFEs), most of which are also represented by CAG
- about 1,000 private education providers that have a current Statutory Education Licence such as private colleges, RTOs, training arms, community colleges and kindergartens.
Note: Fair compensation payable by the 39 members of Universities Australia is currently being determined by the Copyright Tribunal.
Is your institution licensed?
Search our list of Independently Licensed Educational Institutions that are covered by an agreement (as of September 2021).
If your institution is not included in this list, you can enter into an agreement to pay equitable remuneration for your copying and sharing of content under the Statutory Education Licence.
- the Statutory Education Licence also allows copying and sharing of broadcast content such as TV programs (managed by Screenrights): see here
- there are also licensing arrangements for music managed by APRA AMCOS and PPCA: see here
- the Australian Copyright Council provides expert information and advice including a range of information sheets and guides for the education sector: see here