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 June 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 June 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


Started March 19, 2018 09:00 AEDT
Ends June 04, 2018 17:00 AEST
Days Remaining 12 of 77

Formal Submission

We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

Please click on the 'Have your say now' button below to upload your submission.

Alternatively please email your completed template submission to copyright.consultation [at] communications.gov.au or send it to:

The Director, Copyright Law Section
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601