For 50 years the Copyright Act has made it possible for those working within Australia’s creative industries to create with freedom, to be acknowledged for their work, and to earn a living from their creativity.

From art, literature and music to screen content, design and more, the Act underpins our creative industries and our cultural life.

It serves to protect the ideas and creativity that enrich and shape us, that drive innovation and jobs, that inform our national identity and our understanding of the world.

In today’s increasingly complex and fast-changing creative and technological landscape, the Act is as important as ever.

As we celebrate this milestone year it’s worth reflecting on the rights of our creators and the many new copyright challenges that’s changing world and technology poses for creative rights.


The Hon Martin Foley MP
Minister for Creative Industries