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

What's current

Copyright law reform

We were pleased to see a draft Bill released by the Department for Communications on 23 December 2015. The Bill covers disability access, library and educational exceptions, copyright for unpublished and orphan works, and safe harbours. View our response.

Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission published its draft report on Intellectual Property in April 2016 recommending, among other things, the adoption of an open ended fair use style exception in Australia. View our response.

Copyright training in 2016

Visit our Training page to find out when courses are coming to your state or territory. Free for most library and archive professionals.

New resources

We are developing new resources - copyright fact sheets and guidance for professionals working in libraries, archives and information services. They will be live on our website in August 2016.

News archive

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

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.