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Under Australian Copyright Law, copyright covers more than just copying. It relates to the protection afforded to the creator of original works and also the way these works can be used by others. Students and staff members are likely to be both users and creators of copyrighted material.

There is no registration or cost involved in obtaining copyright protection for original works – protection is automatic for original works that are created in material form by:

  • Writing
  • Painting
  • Photographing
  • Recording on a disk, CD or hard drive etc.

It is not necessary for a work to include the copyright symbol for it to be protected. Generally owners of copyright have exclusive rights over their material in such areas as making copies, publishing, performing in public, making adaptations and communicating the work to the public by placing it online.

So that members of the public can have reasonable access to and use of copyrighted material, Australian Copyright legislation includes some sections which allow people other than the copyright owners to use certain portions of copyright material under certain conditions. In addition, Avondale University has agreements with a number of licensing bodies that allow for additional use.

Your Copyright Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of Avondale students and staff to make sure that any use they make of third party material complies with the legislation in all areas of College life:

  • Academic
  • Worship
  • Outreach
  • Social

More Copyright Information

Helpful Links

These guidelines have been designed to provide a quick reference guide to copyright issues affecting Avondale University.
They are not intended to provide a detailed response to specific questions or legal advice. Conditions for use of copyright material may vary for staff members and students.
For answers to specific copyright questions, you can find contact details at the bottom of this page.

Guidelines for Students
Guidelines for Staff

Copyright Legislation

The Attorney – General’s Department – Copyright
Copyright Act 1968
Copyright Regulations 2017
Copyright Amendment Act 2006

Print and Electronic Copying

The Australian Copyright Council
Copyright Agency Limited
Australian Digital Alliance

Church and Worship

Christian Copyright Licencing International (CCLI)
The Church Video Licence(CVLI)


Phonographic Performance Company of Australia


Machines capable of producing hard copies

This copyright notice is to be placed at or as near as possible to copying machines including:

  • photocopiers
  • computers
  • scanners
  • fax machines.

The law requires that the notice be A4 in size (297mm by 210 mm) and on white paper.
Displaying the notice at copying machines provides legal protection if a client breaches the Act in using the machine.
Notice 1

Machines capable of producing audiovisual material

This notice should be attached to machines such as:

  • CD and DVD burners
  • DVD players
  • CD players
  • computers
  • other machines able to copy audiovisual content.

The law requires that the notice be A4 in size (297mm by 210mm) and on white paper.
Notice 2

Important: Some machines will need both notices

Some machines, such as computers, are capable of producing both hard copies and audio visual material. In this case both Notice 1 and Notice 2 should be placed on or as near as possible to the machine.

Copies Made from Radio and Television (Screenrights licence)

All copies made under the Screenrights Licence need to have a notice attached to them.
Screenrights Notice
Screenrights copies that are communicated also need a warning notice as prescribed in the Copyright Regulations
Screenrights electronic communication notice

Course Reading Pack Notices

Reproductions of works must fall within the limits allowed under the Part VB Licencing scheme.
These limits require record keeping and a search to ensure that no other parts of the same work are currently available online within the institution.
All works within the Course pack must be correctly attributed according to the Moral Rights provisions of the Act.
Where limits are exceeded details of the permission given must be included
If an included work is out of copyright this should also be indicated.
Course Reading Pack Notice

Course Packs in Electronic form eg on a CD-ROM

Reproductions of works must fall within the limits allowed under the Part VB Licencing scheme. This includes the institution wide limits associated with an electronic communication.
The CD also needs to be configured so that the copyright warning notice for electronic copying and communication is viewed before access is granted to the work.
Electronic Communication Warning Notice pdf

Copyright Help

Please feel free to contact the following people if you have any queries about copyright.

Lake Macquarie Campus

Copyright Officer: Meg Harders
Call +61 2 4980 2129
Email [email protected]

Manager of CAL Electronic Records: Meg Harders
call +61 2 4980 2129
email [email protected]

Sydney Campus

Non-academic use: Drene Somasundram
call +61 2 9480 3617
email [email protected]


Faculty/Student request for permission to use copyrighted material
Form for reprinting out of print material (2013)
Link to permission form with Roadshow
Request for permission to use or print Avondale copyrighted material
Talent Release Form (2016) – replaces Model Release Form, Photographer Release Form, and Writer Release Form.
Testimonial Release Form (2013)

Copyright Materials in the Library

The Library on the Lake Macquarie Campus holds a number of books published by the Australian Copyright Council that will help you understand your obligations under current Australian Copyright Law. These can be found on the shelves of the Main Collection at the Dewey number 346.940482.

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