Copyright is the legal means by which authors and other creators control the use of their work and being able to earn a profit from their work.

Copyright information sources

The Department’s Intellectual Property and Copyright website contains general information about the Departments policy and guidelines see: Intellectual Property and Copyright.

The Smartcopying website contains comprehensive information about educators’ rights to use copyright. This information includes:

  • Information about educators’ rights to use copyright including:
    • National Copyright Guidelines incorporating information about the major education licences and an explanation of fair dealing and educational exceptions under the Copyright Act 1968
  • FAQs
  • information sheets on topical issues
  • resources including:
    • Creative Commons
    • Open Education.

See: Smartcopying​

For further information or advice contact the Legal Services Unit on (03) 9637-3146.

Related legislation

  • Copyright Act 1968