Grant McAvaney
Chief Executive Officer

Grant commenced at the Australian Copyright Council after six years with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where he oversaw its Disputes & Litigation practice. From roles including being a Partner at Minter Ellison and Senior Legal Counsel at Ninemsn, Grant has significant litigation and commercial experience in both media and intellectual property law, his expertise also includes involvement in legislative and policy reviews. Grant is widely active across the intellectual property profession, including lecturing media law to university students, as well as members of the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance. Grant has also greatly enjoyed performing pro bono work for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.


While Grant’s fascination with copyright in part comes from his broken dreams of becoming a famous solo singer/songwriter, he is certainly a passionate advocate for the rights of creators, and the importance of copyright in the Australian cultural landscape.

Jo Teng
Senior Lawyer
Jo Teng is a Copyright Council senior lawyer with a background in and passion for intellectual property and the creative industries. She has previously worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Switzerland and the Arts Law Centre of Australia in Sydney, and holds an LLM from the University of New South Wales and an LLB/BA from the University of Western Australia.

Rebecca Marchant
Business Manager

Yasmin Thus
Legal Officer

Rebecca is the Business Manager for the Australian Copyright Council. She spent many years in Account Management, Business Development and Marketing, before studying a Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology/Sociology) at Swinburne University, and moving into the NFP sector. Having a passion for the arts, most particularly in furniture design and interior architecture, she has completed a Certificate in Furniture Restoration and Design at Sydney Community College. 

Yasmin is a newly admitted copyright lawyer with a passion and drive for the creative industry, particularly for music. She has previously worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service. She holds a LLB/BA majoring in International Relations and Politics.