Policy Agenda

Central to our charter is a responsibility to promote a better understanding of the publishing industry and the interests of our members within the wider community and especially in the context of policy formulation.

As part of our advocacy work, which seeks to improve the regulatory environment our members work in, we:

  • continually nurture high-level relationships with members of both state and federal governments and other relevant non-government bodies;
  • prepare researched submissions for public consultations; and
  • attend critical stakeholder meetings and appear before inquires on a regular basis.

Our policy agenda covers a raft of issues for our stakeholders including: accessibility; the arts; education; copyright and intellectual property; censorship and publishing freedoms; the digital economy and trade, competition and taxation.

Here are some of our most recent submissions.

Copyright and Intellectual Property

Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper

In July 2014 the Australian Government released an issues paper on the levels of online copyright infringement in Australia and why people choose to download content illegally.

Our submission to the Attorney General on the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper, July 2014.

National Interest Analysis and the Marrakesh Treaty

The Marrakesh Treaty is an important step towards making the world of the written word accessible to those with vision and perceptual impairment. Australian publishers have a proud tradition of making publications in accessible format and of making master files available to organisations working with the print handicapped community.

Our comment on the National Interest Analysis (2015) relating to the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Australia.

Our comment on the Marrakesh Treaty Options Paper (2014) relating to implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Australia.

Competition Policy Review (Harper Review)

The Competition Policy Review’s final report into Australia’s competition laws and policy was released in March 2015.

Our response to the review of competition policy in Australia Competition Review submission.

Our comment on the Competition Policy response to Treasury.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Intellectual Property Arrangements in Australia

In March 2015 the Harper Review recommended government task the Productivity Commission with an ‘overarching review of intellectual property’ and amend laws to allow parallel imports. The Productivity Commission was then asked to review Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements and PIRs were included in the terms of reference.

In November 2015, the Treasurer announced that the government supported the repeal of PIRs of books and would progress the recommendation after the PC’s final report.

The Productivity Commission's Draft Report into Australia's Intellectual Property Arrangements was released in April 2016. It endorsed the Harper Review's recommendations that the Government remove Parallel Import Rules (PIRs) and also recommended the current 'fair dealing' system be replaced with the US-style 'fair use'. It also recommended an open access system for all government funded research.

Our response to the PC’s Issues Paper on IP Arrangements, November 2015

Our response to the Productivity Commission draft report June 2016

Our supplementary submission to the Productivity Commission draft report June 2016

Other resources:

Our response to the Copyright Amendment (Marrakesh Treaty and Other Measures) Bill 2016

Territorial copyright for books in Australia: a real-world analysis informed by the theory of impure public goods A paper for the Australian Publishers Association by Simon Molloy, Systems Knowledge Concepts Pty Ltd March 2016.

Book Prices in Australia An examination of Australian book prices

Fair Use deck

Enhancing Access to Australian Research 2014

Enhancing the Quality and Sustainability of Australian Research 2015

Think.Check.Submit campaign

Arts Funding

In May 2015 the Government cut funding to the Australia Council for the Arts, its principal arts funding and advisory body, and created a new grants program run by the Ministry for the Arts. As a result, a Senate Inquiry into Arts Funding was held into the impact of budget cuts to the arts.

Our letter to Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Inquiry into the impact of Government budget cuts to the Arts.

APA/ALIA book cover agreement

The Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Library and Information Association agree that it is in everyone's interest for libraries to be able to reproduce images of book covers to promote library programs and collections and to connect readers with books and authors, for example in library displays, posters, catalogues, bookmarks and other marketing materials, social media posts and website pages.

While libraries may already be able to rely on provisions in the Copyright Act to use copyright material for such promotional purposes, and while the the Australian Publishers Association is not aware of any concerns by publishers about such uses – the Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Library and Information Association agree on the value of an environment in which libraries are free from doubt and feel confident, for promotional purposes, to reproduce the image of the cover of a book whose copyright is owned by Australian publishers.

It is the policy of the Australian Publishers Association that its members allow such use without any need for specific permission or payment.


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