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’ (an undertaking to pay fair compensation); and
  • their use is solely for educational purposes.

The Statutory Education Licence allows the use of text and images from any source or format:

  • digital or hardcopy
  • online or offline
  • Australian or foreign content
  • published or unpublished content

The Statutory Education Licence allows any form of ‘reproduction’ or ‘communication’, including photocopying, printing, scanning, taking a digital photograph, uploading to a server, and emailing. This includes adding to or changing the content, or presenting it in a different context.

More on copying under the licence here.

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 individually licensed education institutions such as registered training organisations

Fair compensation payable by the 39 members of Universities Australia is currently being determined by the Copyright Tribunal.


  • Copyright Agency has developed an online product called FLEX to help educators and librarians prepare and deliver course material
  • the education statutory 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