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Educational institution licences

Schools, universities, TAFEs and private colleges around Australia have special licences available to them which cover their music use. APRA AMCOS works closely with our writer and publisher members, as well as representatives of the education sector, to ensure our licences are fit for purpose and meet the needs or educators and students. They support both remote and in-person teaching environments.

The Copyright Act also includes some exceptions that allow for the use of copyright-protected music without a licence. There are many common uses of music that fall outside those allowances in the Act though, so it is important to know when further permissions or licensing is required.

If you’re making an arrangement or copying sheet music you'll need permission from the Publisher. Find out who to contact by searching for the work details or your can use our research service.


We have a licence agreement in place with Universities Australia to cover all 39 member universities for a broad range of music uses including:

  • playing live and recorded music at events and campuses
  • using and making recordings and sharing those online
  • copying purchased sheet music

Universities have the option of additional rights to copy sheet music.

Learn more

For more advice on educational copyright


The Smartcopying website provides a guide to copyright issues for schools and tafes. Available resources include information sheets, copyright guidelines, educational resources, and information on creative commons and copyright law reform.

Visit the Smartcopying website


The Australian Copyright Council provides easily accessible and affordable user-friendly information, legal advice, education and forums on Australian copyright law. See their website for many information sheets applicable to music teachers, and find out more about exceptions in the Copyright Act that apply to educational institutions.

Visit the Australian Copyright Council website

Arts Law

Arts Law is Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts, and is a not-for-profit company. The Centre provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources.

Visit the Arts Law website