Assisting people with disabilities

There are provisions in the Copyright Act that allow material to be reproduced in accessible formats for:

Although not specifically relating to assisting people with disabilities other provisions may prove to be useful, these include:

If none of the above exceptions can be used it might be that the use is a "certain special purpose" and can be reproduced under:

The intended purpose and audience will determine if any of the above provisions apply. In most circumstances, the situation will need to be judged on a case-by-case basis. For further advice please contact the copyright officer.

Print disability provisions

The print disability provisions allow the University to reproduce and communicate certain copyright materials to assist students with print disabilities. The Copyright Act defines a print disability as:

  • a person without sight;
  • a person whose sight is severely impaired;
  • a person unable to hold or manipulate books or to focus or move their eyes; or
  • a person with a perceptual disability.

The provisions allows for literary or dramatic works and published editions to be copied in full, it does not include musical works. The work may be copied in any required accessible format, e.g. braille, large print, sound recording, photographic or electronic, so long as it is not commercially available in that format. For example you may copy a book into large print as long as a large print copy is not available for purchase. These provisions can be used to assist students with print disabilities for any purpose, e.g. the purpose does not have to be educational but could be for recreational use.

Any material reproduced under the print disability provisions must comply with the following requirements:  

  • it is solely for the purpose of assisting students with print disabilities;
  • the reproduction cannot be sold or hired out;
  • a written notice must be given to the Copyright Agency Limited within 3 months informing them of the reproduction or communication and must include the following details:
    • the name of the University
    • details of the work reproduced or communicated (i.e. author, title, publication details)
    • date on which the reproduction or communication was made;
  • any reproductions must be marked as follows: This is a reproduction made on [day on which the reproduction was made] by Flinders University in reliance on section 135ZQ of the Copyright Act 1968, solely for use by a person with a print disability. If the reproduction is a sound recording, then this message should be included at the beginning of the sound recording.

Intellectual disability provisions

The intellectual disability provisions allow the University to reproduce and communicate material to assist students with intellectual disabilities. The Copyright Act does not provide a definition of an intellectual disability. If you are unsure if someone has an intellectual disability, you should seek advice from a medical or health professional.

The intellectual disability provisions allow any material to be reproduced or communicated in an accessible format so long as the required format is not commercially available. This includes making translations and picture versions of literary and dramatic works. The intellectual disability provisions can be used to reproduce material to assist a student for any purpose, e.g. educational purposes, research & study, as well as recreational or private use.

Any material reproduced under the intellectual disability provisions must also comply with the following requirements:

  • it is solely for the purpose of assisting students with intellectual disabilities;
  • the reproduction cannot be sold or hired out;
  • a written notice must be given to the Copyright Agency Limited informing them of the reproduction or communication and must include the following details:
    • the name of the University
    • details of the work reproduced or communicated (i.e. author, title, publication details)
    • date on which the reproduction or communication was made;
  • any reproductions must be marked as follows: This is a reproduction made on [day on which the reproduction was made] by Flinders University in reliance on section 135ZT of the Copyright Act 1968, solely for use by a person with an intellectual disability. If the reproduction is a sound recording, then this message should be included at the beginning of the sound recording.
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