This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to monitor compliance with copyright and licence requirements for collections held by Australian archives, galleries, libraries and museums. It applies to individuals who are responsible for monitoring the organisation's compliance with copyright and licence requirements regarding collections held in Australian archives, galleries, libraries and museums, and who operate autonomously but in consultation with other colleagues and broader stakeholders.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - source information about copyright relevant to an organisation; - thoroughly review policies, procedures and licences to ensure compliance with legislation, and; - conscientiously follow procedures to minimise risk of infringements of copyright and licence conditions. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - identify relevant copyright and licensing laws and regulations relating to an organisation; - explain digital preservation; - outline licensing and role of collecting societies; - explain open source copyright licences; - identify organisational policies, protocols and procedures on copyright and licences; - outline principal features of the Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth) and Copyright Regulations 1969 and how they are applicable; - explain the rights of copyright owners, including digital rights management; - identify sources of information and advice on copyright, and; - explain protocols for handling culturally sensitive material, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural material.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.