This treaty will give people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled greater access to works published in accessible formats, such as print, braille and audio.

How it works

Why we want your input
By providing a response to the options paper.
How you can voice your opinion
We will use your views to better implement the treaty
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
To make sure the implementation runs smoothly.

Consultation Information

Consultation tabs

The Issue
Consultation Period:  November 04, 2014 09:00 AEDT to December 05, 2014 17:00 AEDT

The treaty will help overcome the barriers which affect the availabilty of accessibility of accessible books and other material for people who are print-disabled worldwide.

An estimated 285 million people with vision impairments around the world will benefit from this treaty as it is designed to break down legal barriers that once limited the flow of accessible format literature across borders.

The treaty will allow exceptions to copyright law to enable organisations to produce and distribute books and other materials in formats that are accessible to people with visual impairment. The exceptions will onl;y be used when books in accible format are commercially unavailable.

The treaty was signed by the Australian Government on 23 June 2014, and announced it will now bring it forward for ratification.

The Attorney-General's Department invited comments on the 'Marrakesh Treaty implementation options paper' by public consultation.

The discussion paper guides submissions, not reflect an established policy position.

Audio Guides

All files are mp3

  1. Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Options Paper 2014
  2. Summary
  3. Introduction
  4. Have your say
  5. Marrakesh Treaty terms
  6. Existing provisions in the Copyright Act
  7. Identified issues in existing legislation
  8. Marrakesh Treaty implementation options
  9. Technological protection measures
  10. Guiding questions for submissions
  11. Attachment A Table of provisions and definitions
  12. Publishing and Copyright details

Relevant Documentation

Marrakesh Treaty National Interest Analysis Accessible

Published 1st Nov 2014

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Marrakesh Treaty national interest analysis document.

Marrakesh Treaty implementation options paper

Published 1st Nov 2014

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Marrakesh Treaty implementation options paper


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