Copyrights - Filing Requirements

Copyright Filing for Written Materials

Copyright protection is free and automatic in Australia and protects the original expression of ideas, and not the ideas themselves.

The moment an idea or creative concept is documented, on paper or electronically, it is automatically protected by copyright. Because it is automatic in Australia, there is no official registry or application process for copyright protection.

Although a copyright notice with the owner's name and date is not necessary in Australia, it can help prove your ownership of the copyright. Using a copyright notice can also act as a deterrent to potential infringers.