Copyright Matters

Student support

Information for undergraduates, honours students, coursework masters and other postgraduates, research masters and doctoral candidates, and their supervisors

Teaching support for staff

Information on the delivery of unit materials & other copyright issues relevant to your teaching

Research support

Copyright issues relevant to your research, scholarly output, conference presentations, and so on

Quick guides for students and staff

Useful sites

Copyright news

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017

This Bill defines a ‘person with a disability’, in the context of copyright, as an individual who has difficulty reading, viewing, hearing or comprehending copyright material in a particular form. This is consistent with the definition of disability as set out in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Amongst other changes, the various amendments mean that people with a disability, and organisations that support them, have more options in adapting copyright protected works to the formats that they need “to enjoy copyright material to the same standard as a person without disability”, with the appropriate and specific features required by each individual across a range of contexts.

The Explanatory Memorandum to the Bill gives detail on these changes and other amendments that affect the University.

See recent copyright related news and commentary at IP & Related.

What is Copyright and why does it matter?

Copyright is the legal system intended to balance the requirements of both creators and users of ‘works’ that express facts, ideas, concepts, and so on.  It protects the rights of a work’s copyright owner, and also provides a number of exceptions so that the rest of us can make some use of that work in certain circumstances.

All teaching and learning materials are copyright protected ‘works’.  This includes not just book chapters and journal articles, film, television and other audio-visual content, but everything else as well: unit study guides, lecture notes, quizzes and exam questions, slide presentations and the text and images used in them, recorded lectures, etc.  None of these works should be passed on or sold outside the University, either online or in print.

Murdoch University’s staff and students are expected to comply with the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and with the University Copyright Policy and its Intellectual Property Regulations.

This website will help staff and students manage the copyright protected works that they use and create in their research, study, teaching, and other activities in and for the University.


For further information please contact the University Copyright Coordinator Helen Balfour.

Disclaimer The information and advice given in these pages is for general use: it is not legal opinion.