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

Standards Australia Licensing and Distribution Consultation

ALIA, NSLA and the ALCC have written a joint submission arguing that Standards Australia should recognise its strong mandate to ensure public access to the Standards in its new licensing and distribution model.

Copyright the Card Game – Australian Edition

The Australian Edition of Copyright The Card Game is now available! You can download the resources and read the story about adapting the game for Australia on the Card Game page.

Copyright Modernisation Consultation

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.

  • Copyright training

    Our next copyright training sessions for librarians and archivists are also our first ever copyright webinars. These two one hour webinars, being run on 7 and 14 August, won't have the depth of our face-to-face sessions, but are designed to give a larger audience a quick copyright essentials or update. 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.

    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.

    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.