Copyright matters

Making copies of works for students with a print disability

The Copyright Act allows educational institutions to copy and communicate third party copyright literary and dramatic works in order to assist people with a print disability. These copies may be made in various formats: large print; Braille; talking book; cd-rom; photographic; electronic.

How much may be copied?

A whole work may be copied for a student with a print disability, providing that it is not commercially available in the required format.

Copies of unit readers and textbooks

For information and assistance with copying unit materials and textbooks please phone the Equity Office staff on 9360.6084 or email them at

Copies of journal articles, High Demand items, and other library materials

For assistance with copying library materials please ring the library on 9360 2565, go to the Enquiry and Loans Desk; or make an online request.

See students with a disability with a disability or medical information for more information on available library services.

Marking Copies

As well as the standard academic practice of stating author(s), title, page numbers, and publishing detail of the publication, copies of works made for students with a print disability must also carry:

  • the name of the institution making the copy;
  • a notation that the copy was made under s.135ZP of the Copyright Act 1968; and
  • the date on which the copy was made.

Record keeping

A form is available to report the details required under the Copyright Act:

  • the date on which the copy was reproduced (e.g. photocopied, scanned, etc.);
  • the date on which the copy was communicated (e.g. supplied to student/client, uploaded to server, etc);
  • the name of person copying (for internal reference only);
  • the format of copy (e.g. electronic, large print, cd-rom, etc.);
  • the author, title, and other publishing detail of the publication, including its ISSN or ISBN;
  • the pagination of the original work;
  • the total number of pages copied; and
  • whether you are reporting a reproduction or a communication, or both.

Please download and complete the reporting form, and send it to the Copyright Coordinator, Murdoch University Library, South St., Murdoch, WA 6150; or fax to: 9310.2780.