Copying under the education licence

The statutory education licence allows education institutions to prepare and deliver materials to students for online learning.

For materials containing text and images, there are four main requirements.

Requirement What this means
1. the institution is covered by payment arrangements with Copyright Agency There are payment arrangements in place for:

  • nearly all Australian schools
  • TAFEs
  • members of Universities Australia
  • other education institutions, such as registered training organisations, listed here
2. the material is copied and/or shared for educational purposes Education purposes includes:

  • made or retained for use, or is used, in connection with a particular course of instruction provided by the institution
  • made or retained for inclusion, or is included, in the collection of a library of the institution
3. the material is not used for any other purpose Institutions need to take steps to make sure that materials are not used for any other purposes, for example by:

  • using secure servers to ensure that materials are only available to the relevant students and parents assisting them
  • telling students and parents how they can and can’t use the materials (e.g. no sharing with others)
  • not retaining material any longer than needed for educational purposes
4. the institution does not copy or share more than a reasonable portion of a publication that is available for purchase An institution copying from a publication that is available for purchase can copy and share 10% of the pages, or a chapter, per student per course. An institution may be allowed to copy and/or share more if that is reasonable, and not detrimental to the content creators if done at scale. For example, if lots of people copy 80% of a book available for sale, instead of buying it, then that is likely to be detrimental to the content creators.

Poster for staff in individually licensed education institutions, such as registered training organisations, here.

Provided these requirements are met, an institution can copy and share any material containing text and images that is available to it, including digital and print material. It can digitise (scan), duplicate digital copies, and upload to a server. It can share material on a server to students, and email to students, provided the material is only available to the relevant students, and for the necessary time.


Individually licensed education institutions can use our FLEX platform to store and serve digital content to students. Discover FLEX here.


This information is for guidance only. It is not legal advice.

7 April 2021