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A Nation's Imagination: Australia’s Copyright Records, 1854–1968

Appendix 2 – Copyright contacts

Information from the Intellectual Property Branch of the Attorney-General's Department is available at Welcome.

For information about Commonwealth copyright, contact:

  • Commonwealth Copyright Administration
    Intellectual Property Branch
    Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
    GPO Box 2154
    Canberra ACT 2601
  • Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Ltd
    Locked Bag 3665
    Tel: +61 2 9935 7900
    Fax: +61 2 9935 7999
  • Australian Copyright Council
    PO Box 1986
    Strawberry Hills NSW 2016
    Tel: +61 2 9318 1788
    Fax: +61 2 9698 3536
  • IP Australia
    PO Box 200
    Woden ACT 2606
    Tel: +61 2 6283 2999
    Fax: +61 2 6283 7999
  • The Director
    Copyright Law Review Committee Secretariat
    Attorney-General's Department
    Robert Garran Offices
    National Circuit
    BARTON ACT 2600
    Tel: +61 2 6250 6076
    Fax: +61 2 6250 5989
    Websites: and

The Australian Cultural Network website at also has excellent information and site links.

A number of industry specific non-government collecting agencies issue licences and receive payments on behalf of their members, act as mediators in disputes and ensure that copyright obligations are met. In addition to these agencies, there are also other bodies with specific industry interests, including copyright. The organisations listed on the previous page will be able to provide a comprehensive contact list of these agencies and bodies, among whom are:

  • Advertising Federation of Australia (AFA)
  • Arts Law Centre of Australia
  • Audio-Visual Copyright Society Ltd (AVCS)
  • Auscript
  • Australian Association of Broadcast Monitors
  • Australian Book Publishers Association Ltd (ABPA)
  • Australian Caption Centre (ACC)
  • Australian Council of Libraries and Information Services (ACLIS)
  • Australian Film and Video Security Office (AFSO)
  • Australian Information Industry Association Ltd (AIIA)
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Australian Music Publishers' Association Limited (AMPAL)
  • Australian Record Industry Association Ltd (ARIA)
  • Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society (AMCOS)
  • Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA)
  • Business Software Alliance & Business Software Association of Australia (BSA)
  • Combined Newspapers & Magazine Copyright Committee of Australia
  • Copyright Agency Limited (CAL)
  • Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters Ltd (FARB)
  • Fellowship of Australian Composers
  • Film Australia
  • Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA)
  • National Amusement Machine Operators' Association Limited (NAMOA)
  • Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd (PPCA)
  • The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
  • The Australian Manufacturers' Patents, Industrial Designs, Copyright and Trade Mark Association (AMPICTA)
  • The Australian Map Circle
  • The Society of Advertising, Commercial, and Magazine Photography (ACMP)
  • VISCOPY, the Visual Arts Collecting Society
  • VICOPYATSIA, Visual Arts Copyright Collecting Agency for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists