Code of Conduct

Industry Code of Conduct

PPCA subscribes to a code of conduct for copyright collecting societies. The Code came into effect in July 2002, and was reviewed in 2005, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2017 and most recently on 1 July 2019. The Code incorporates comments and submissions made by members and licensees following consultation undertaken as part of the regular triennial reviews. A copy of the Code and an explanatory memorandum is available on this website for download and we will, if requested, send a copy to you by post.

PPCA and Australian collecting societies APRA AMCOS, ASDACS, AWGACS, The Copyright Agency, PPCA and Screenrights have launched a new standalone website for the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies.

The new site and amendments to the Code are both initiatives undertaken in response to a Government review which recommended:

  • increased clarity around the role of the Code
  • improved transparency around collecting societies’ operations, and
  • strengthened governance arrangements for collecting societies and the Code

The collecting societies are implementing these recommendations with effect from July 2019.

The collecting societies are signatories to the Code, reporting each year on compliance with the obligations in the Code. The current Code Reviewer is the Hon Dr Kevin Lindgren AM QC, a former judge of the Federal Court.

The Code aims to:

  • promote awareness of and access to information about copyright and the role and function of collecting societies in administering copyright on behalf of members;
  • promote confidence in collecting societies and the effective administration of copyright in Australia;
  • set out the standards of service that members and licensees can expect from collecting societies; and
  • ensure that members and licensees have access to efficient, fair and low cost procedures for the handling of complaints and the resolution of disputes involving collecting societies.

Collecting Societies Code of Conduct - 2019

Triennial Reports

Report on the Triennial Review of the Code Of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies of Australia - Issued April 2017

Triennial Review Supplementary Report 2015

Report on the Triennial Review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies of Australia - Issued April 2014

Report on the Triennial Review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies of Australia - Issued June 2011

Report on the Triennial Review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies of Australia - Issued April 2008

Report on the Triennial Review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies of Australia - Issued April 2005

Annual Report

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004

Report of Review of Copyright Collecting Societies' Compliance with their Code of Conduct for the Year 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003