The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee is the primary policy body for the discussion of copyright issues affecting libraries and archives in Australia.

Copyright for Australian libraries and archives


Welcome to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) website. We are the primary policy body in Australia for the discussion of copyright issues affecting library, archive and information sectors. Find out more about our work in Advocacy, Training and developing Resources

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Upcoming ALCC Libraries and Archives copyright training

Full details and registration are available through Eventbrite via the links above.

Copyright Modernisation Consutation

Submissions are now in for the government's Copyright Modernisation Consultation. In the ALCC submission, we strongly support the government’s stated goal to modernise Australia’s copyright system, and recommend that to achieve this the government should:

  • adopt an open ended, flexible, fair use style exception;
  • protect all exceptions in the Copyright Act from being overridden by contract;
  • introduce exceptions that permit the use of orphan works by cultural organisations and others; and
  • simplify and harmonise the libraries and archives exceptions relating to document delivery and interlibrary loan.

  • Australia's Libraries and Archives welcome safe harbour extension

    The ALCC welcomes the passing of the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Act 2018 and the increased certainty it affords the libraries and archives sector. Australia’s libraries and archives will now have the same legal protections as commercial ISPs when they provide online services to the public, thanks to copyright amendments passed today. More details are available in our press release for the passing of the Bill.

    ALCC Submission to the Senate Legislative Committee Inquiry on the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill

    The ALCC welcomes the amendments proposed by the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 as an initial step in improving Australia’s safe harbour arrangements, but also maintains its support for the further extension of the copyright safe harbours to all online service providers, including commercial platforms.

    Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 factsheets

    The majority of provisions in the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 came into force on Friday 22 December 2017. We have released a number of factsheets setting out the practical effects of the Act.

    Copyright training

    Our next copyright training sessions for librarians and archivists is set for Perth in September. Visit our Training page to find out more, or to check when courses are coming to your state or territory. Free for most library and archive professionals.

    News archive

    Explore past news items. Or find more relevant news from the Australian Library and Information Association or the Australian Digital Alliance.

    Copyright fact sheets

    We've put together a range of fact sheets to help Australian librarians, archivists and related professionals navigate some of the more common interactions with copyright. Use the individual fact sheet that suits your needs, or download the lot as a single guide. Best of all, they are all under a Creative Commons Attribution licence, so feel free to download, adapt and share them around. All the fact sheets, along with other helpful copyright materials, are available on our Resources page.

    Support our work

    Associations and institutions are welcome to apply to become members of the ALCC. Contact us here.

    For individuals, please register your email address so we can let you know when we need your support advocating for copyright reform.