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Draft Aus copyright reform legislation

Have your say on draft copyright reform legislation, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, February 2022

We are seeking submissions on an exposure draft of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reforms) Bill 2021 and on the technological protection measure exceptions in the Copyright Regulations 2017.

Why we want your input

The reforms are intended to better support Australians to access copyright content in an increasingly digital environment, while maintaining incentives and protections for content creators.

The Government wants your feedback to help inform the final legislation.

We are also seeking your feedback on the technological protection measure exceptions in the Copyright Regulations.

How you can voice your opinion

You can provide comment by making a submission to the Department using the form below or by emailing copyright.consultation@communications.gov.au by 5pm 25 February 2022.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will be used to inform the final legislation of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reforms) Bill 2021 and a review of the technological protection measure exceptions.

The Issue

The Government has released an exposure draft of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill 2021 (the Bill), and a discussion paper, so that interested individuals and organisations can have their say.

The Bill comprises five main reform measures:

  • Schedule 1—Limitation on remedies for use of orphan works
  • Schedule 2—New fair dealing exception for non-commercial quotation
  • Schedule 3—Update and clarify library and archives exceptions
  • Schedule 4—Update and restore education exceptions
  • Schedule 5—Streamline the government statutory licensing scheme.

The Bill also includes some additional minor and technical amendments that streamline some procedural aspects of the Copyright Act 1968, update certain references and improve consistency of language.

The Government is also conducting a review of the technological protection measure exceptions in the Copyright Regulations 2017 and we would like your feedback on this.

Relevant documentation


APP5 privacy notice

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is collecting personal information that you provide, for the purposes of seeking input on the reform to the copyright law in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988. The Department will only use your personal information to contact you regarding your submission and your information will be stored securely. The Department will not disclose any personal information gathered or make available to a third party without your permission. Submission responses will be shared publicly, in the form provided, unless you opt out. The Department’s privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on 02 6274 6495.


We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don’t want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click here to upload your submission.


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