All registered training organisations (RTOs) have an obligation to comply with relevant Commonwealth, state or territory legislation and regulatory requirements.
RTOs must ensure that their staff and clients are fully informed of legislative and regulatory requirements that affect their duties or participation in vocational education and training (see Clauses 8.5 and 8.6 of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015).
Statutory Education licence
Provisions under Division 4 of Part IVA of the Copyright Act 1968 allow all educational institutions to copy and communicate third party material to distribute to students and for other educational purposes, within the limitations of the Statutory Education Licences. The Copyright Agency Ltd and Screenrights administer the Statutory Education Licences under the authority of the Attorney General's Department.
Any RTO electing to rely on these licences is legally allowed to use a wide variety of material in its training environment, both in hardcopy and digital format, without having to obtain direct permission from the owner. The licences facilitate compliance and good governance across the industry, while at the same time ensuring the freedom and flexibility of sharing information without infringing copyright.
Without these licences an educational institution is generally not allowed to reproduce or communicate any third party material from any source, other than where there is a direct licence/subscription in place, or permission has been granted by the creator of the work.
For further details about the Statutory Education Licence for text and images (e.g. to copy and communicate extracts from books, newspapers, journals and websites), please contact Copyright Agency on (02) 9394 7644 or email lfitzpatrick [at] copyright.com.au
For the use of third party television and radio broadcasts please contact: Screenrights / James Dickinson – Head of Licensing on (02) 9904 0133 or email licensing [at] screenrights.org