The Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth) provides the legislative framework for the creation, copying and communication of electronic and print material at Central Gippsland Health and Barinsdale Regional Health Service.

All Central Gippsland Health and Bairnsdale Regional Health Service staff and students must comply with the Act.

Copyright owners are entitled to take legal action against persons who infringe their copyright. A reproduction of material that is protected by copyright may be a copyright infringement.


Copyright - Quick Guide

Use of copyright material for research or study will not break copyright rules, provided that the use is ‘fair’.

Fair Dealing defines the amount of the copyright item you can use for your research or study. 

You Can:

   For print text you can copy/scan:

  • 10% of the number of pages of the book; or
  • One chapter, if the work is divided into chapters
  • The whole journal article, or more than one article from that same issue if each article is for the same research

   For text material in electronic form you can copy/download:

  • 10% of the number of words; or
  • One chapter, if the work is divided into chapters
  • The whole journal article, or more than one article from that same issue if each article is for the same research

You Cannot:

  • Email copies of anything you have downloaded from the Internet to share with others. You can email/share the URL of the item as this does not break copyright/licensing restrictions. 
  • Share any document that you have requested the library provide to you. Direct the person who requires a copy of the document to the library and we will source a copy for them too.

For text, images or audio visual material from the Internet always check for any the terms and condition of use before downloading or sharing. Just because the material is freely available, does not necessarily mean it is free to use.


Managing Copyright - More Information

Fair Dealing

  • Fair dealing provisions cover copying for (personal) research or study, criticism or review, reporting the news, parody or satire, and purposes relating to judicial proceedings.
  • Fair dealing for personal research or study allows for the copying of:
    • The whole or part of an article in a periodical
    • More than one article in the same edition of a periodical where the articles are required for the same research or study
    • If copying text from a printed or electronic edition or book you may copy 10% of the quantity or one chapter – whichever is the greater

NOTE: Fair dealing provisions cannot be used to make multiple copies of items and distribute or communicate that material to others.


  • This is not a copyright activity because you are not actually 'copying' or reproducing any material when you provide a link, you are simply providing a path to the material’s location.

This is done by supplying the URL link to the material, not the material itself.


  • Embedding is a type of linking that allows material to be displayed on your website without the URL being visible. This means that the viewer is able to access/view the material from its original online location without having to leave your webpage. This is commonly used for displaying online films, for example YouTube videos. It is done by copying the HTML code of the content and pasting it onto your webpage.


Copyright Categories

Due to copyright restrictions you may be unable to 'reproduce' or copy the material without infringing on copyright.

There are 3 main copyright categories to consider when using or wanting to reproduce materials:

  • Material in the public domain: Material that isn’t covered by any copyright; you are able to use it freely in your documents or webpages with no restrictions.
  • Material under Creative Commons: Material that has been released under a CC licence makes it clear to users what they can or cannot do with the material -
  • Material covered by copyright: You need to get permission from the author/creator to use this material.

Reminder: Using the images in the public domain and Creative Commons doesn’t require copyright permission or a fee, but you should always cite the source of the image and its owner.


Further Information

Australian Copyright Council's information sheets: 

          Research or Study

          Exceptions to Copyright 

          Fair Dealing: What Can I use without Permission 

          Internet: Copying & Downloading

          An Introduction to Copyright in Australia 

          Creative Commons Australia Information

If you require further information please contact the library.

Information on copyright provided by the Library does not constitute legal advice

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