A major area of responsibility of Universities Australia is the monitoring of government legislation and policies with implications for the ownership and use of copyright materials by staff and students in universities. Guides and information are available to assist universities to develop clear policies on the use of copyright works, and managing ownership of intellectual property generated by them.
In accordance with the requirements of the Copyright Act 1968, Universities Australia and its member universities have signed agreements with both Copyright Agency and Screenrights. These are copyright collecting societies set up under the Act to collect remuneration from universities copying and communicating print and broadcast copyright material for educational purposes, on behalf of students and staff. Universities Australia negotiates these agreements on behalf of member universities, monitors the effects of the agreements, and assists the independently appointed monitoring bodies with the annual surveys of usage of copyright materials in universities.
Similarly, Universities Australia has negotiated a direct licence with the four music collecting societies - the Australasian Performing Right Association, Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society, Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, and Australian Record Industry Association - covering copying and communication of musical works and sound recordings, performance of such material in public, and music-on-hold. Universities Australia administers and monitors this licence on behalf of subscribing universities. Information on all three licences can be viewed here.
Universities Australia maintains close liaison with Copyright Officers within its member universities, and provides a resource area for Copyright Officers to access.
Universities Australia is also an active member of the Australian Digital Alliance, and has supported the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee in its advice and submissions to Government on copyright matters.