Local Government – Councils

Since Councils are not under the Crown and can not copy under the Statutory Government Licence, they are required to purchase a licence to copy and share information.

Our Copyright Licence for Local Government gives councils the ability to copy and share third party works to perform routine functions, without delay or risk of copyright infringement.

This includes, for example:

  • News and magazine articles: Councils will be able to copy and share community, regional and national articles
  • Sponsorship and grant applications: Councils who include articles as part of council submissions can do so legally
  • General office sharing and reporting: A licence validates the inclusion of tables, graphs, images, extracts and articles in reports and on the council intranet
  • Environment and Sustainability: Emailing of third-party research, journal articles and conference papers or presenting them digitally
  • Planning and civil works: Use of journal articles, commissioned reports
  • Training of council staff: Distribution of textbook content, standards
  • Library services: Making copies of published material for council use and library services
  • Community engagement: Use of excerpts, images, photos, graphs etc in council marketing material and publications


To discuss or obtain a quote for a Copyright Licence for your council please contact our Licensing department on 1800 066 844 (toll free within Australia) or email licence.enquiries@copyright.com.au.

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