The Australian Government has appointed the Copyright Agency to manage the education copying scheme (Statutory Education Licence) for text and images.

The scheme, set out in the Copyright Act 1968, allows educators to copy, adapt and share text and images in ways that usually require permission.

Australian educators can copy, adapt and share text and images without a copyright clearance (permission) if:

  • they work for an institution that is covered by 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
  • the 39 universities that are members of Universities Australia
  • over 1,000 eligible private education providers that have a current Statutory Education Licence agreement including higher education providers, RTOs, tutoring organisations, training arms, professional associations, community & specialist colleges and early childhood education providers.

Is your institution licensed?

Search our list of Independently Licensed Educational Institutions that are covered by an agreement (as of February 2024).

Search Who’s Licensed

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.

Find out how


  • 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

December 2023

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