Poets and Playwrights

To become an author member of the Copyright Agency, you must own or control the reproduction and/or communication rights in works and published editions.

Membership to the Copyright Agency is free to all rights-holders and does not involve any assignment of rights.

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Terms & Conditions

Our core services to writers are:

  • collecting and distributing copyright fees for educational and government use of works
    Copyright Agency has been appointed by the government to manage the education and government copying schemes (statutory licences) in the Copyright Act that allow educational institutions and governments to use content without permission, provided they make fair payment.
  • as the writers’ agent, licensing works to corporations and others: the agency arrangement is non-exclusive and writers remain free to license their works themselves


Our other services include:

  • free national seminars
  • member e-news
  • funding for writers’ projects and skills development through our Cultural Fund
  • advocacy for writers’ rights


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Lachlan Philpott


...I am such a strong advocate of supporting writers to connect to their own voice. It's very different from emulating other people's work. The significance of a writer's own voice is an important thing to preserve...It is not only worth nurturing and supporting, it is worth protecting.

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