We are seeking stakeholder views on reforms options for the Copyright Act 1968.

How it works

Why we want your input
The government signalled in 2017 that it would consult on options for copyright reforms arising from the government’s response to a 2016 Productivity Commission report. This is your chance to express your preferred options and the reasons for your position.
How you can voice your opinion
You can voice your opinion by providing a submission to this public consultation process. Submissions are due by 4 July 2018.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
Your submissions will help us establish whether there is general support for any of the proposed copyright reform options and inform our advice to the Australian Government.

Consultation Information

Consultation tabs

The Issue
Consultation Period: 
March 19, 2018 09:00 AEDT to July 04, 2018 17:00 AEST

2018 marks 50 years since the passage of the Copyright Act 1968. Uses of copyright content are changing with in the digital world. The Productivity Commission has suggested ways copyright can adapt to reflect changing interests.

We are consulting to:

  • establish whether there is general support for any of the options for copyright reform proposed by the Productivity Commission in its report on Australia's Intellectual Property Arrangements, which relate to three areas including:
    • flexible exceptions
    • access to orphan works
    • contracting out of copyright exceptions
  • understand your views as promised by the government in its response to the Productivity Commission report
  • inform advice to the government to support copyright policy that reflects the interests of copyright creators, users and distributors.

See the Productivity Commission's final report on Australia's Intellectual Property Arrangements.

Relevant Documentation

Copyright modernisation consultation paper

Published 19th Mar 2018

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This paper begins the Department’s consultation on reform options, following the Australian Government’s response to the Final report of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements (PC report). It asks for views on three areas of the Copyright Act that may benefit from modernisation

Roundtable on quotation and educational uses of copyright

Published 30th May 2018

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On 1 May 2018, we hosted a roundtable on quotation and educational uses as part of its Copyright Modernisation consultation. The list of attendees are included in this document.

Roundtable on contracting out

Published 30th May 2018

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On 1 May 2018, we hosted a roundtable on contracting out as part of its Copyright Modernisation consultation. The list of attendees are included in this document.

Roundtable on incidental or technical uses of copyright

Published 30th May 2018

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On 1 May 2018, we hosted a roundtable on incidental and technical use as part of its Copyright Modernisation consultation. The list of attendees are included in this document.

Roundtable on uses of copyright by government

Published 30th May 2018

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On 30 April 2018, we hosted a roundtable on government uses of copyright material as part of our Copyright Modernisation consultation. The list of attendees are included in this document.

Roundtable on orphan works

Published 30th May 2018

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On 11 May 2018, we hosted a roundtable on orphan works as part of our Copyright Modernisation consultation. The list of attendees are included in this document.

Roundtable on libraries and archives use

Published 30th May 2018

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On 11 May 2018, we hosted a roundtable on libraries and archives use as part of our Copyright Modernisation consultation. The list of attendees are included in this document.

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Formal Submission

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The following formal submissions have been made public.

Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports

Communications Alliance

Copyright Advisory Group to the COAG Education Council

Copyright Agency

Copyright in Cultural Institutions

Council of Australian University Librarians

David Brennan

Digital Industry Group Inc

Digital Rights Watch

Donald Richardson