On 1 July 2022, the Copyright function moved to the Attorney-General’s Department following Machinery of Government changes. You can access existing Copyright content on this website until it’s transferred to the Attorney-General’s Department's website.
Copyright provides legal protection for people who express original ideas and information in certain formats. The most common forms are writing, visual images, music and moving images.
We are responsible for managing the Copyright Act 1968 and Circuit Layouts Act 1989. We also develop Australian copyright policy and represent Australia’s interests in relation to international copyright issues.
For copyright owners
This page contains information for owners of copyright material in Australia. You can find more detailed information in the short guide to copyright.
For copyright users
This page contains information for users of copyright material in Australia. You can find more detailed information in the short guide to copyright.
For government agencies
This page contains information on use of copyright material by State/Territory and Commonwealth Government agencies.