Copyright is a law contained in the Copyright Act 1968. Works protected by copyright include:

  • Written material
  • Musical works
  • Films
  • TV and radio programs (from free to air TV and streaming services)
  • Sound recordings
  • Computer programs and games
  • Images and artistic works

Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, styles, techniques or information.


Smartcopying provides a great range of guides, information sheets, FAQs and resources about copyright issues affecting Australian schools – including COVID-19 copyright issues.

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation that represents the peak bodies for many Australian creators. The website has useful information sheets, many are for educators.

Creative Commons Australia

Creative Commons provides free licences and tools that copyright owners and creators can use to allow others to share, reuse or remix their material. Education fact sheets and videos are available for teachers and students.

APRA AMCOS music licences

The music rights organisation has information about licences so schools can legally perform and reproduce music.

Department for Education, Children and Young People

The Department has copyright licenses so their staff and students can use resources and music for educational purposes. Copyright information on the intranet includes licence information, copyright guides and info sheets, links to websites and copyright warning notices for computers and photocopiers.

The Australian Copyright Council holds regular seminars for library staff. They are advertised through ASLA and ALIA.

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Page updated 15/10/2021

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