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Intellectual Property and Copyright


Intellectual Property and Copyright Policy

To support principals in introducing the policy to their staff, conversation cards have been developed to promote behaviour consistent with the policy. These cards can be used in a workshop format or during team meetings to prompt discussion about what a good practice response to various scenarios might look like.

The conversation cards include a general facilitator guide. Below is an example of one way the cards could be used to run a 30-minute activity.

The Department’s Intellectual Property and Copyright Quick Reference Guide for schools (staff login required) is a quick reference sheet describing the Department’s IP principles and key considerations for dealing with copyright matters.


Smartcopying — the official guide to copyright issues for all Australian schools. Smartcopying resources for schools include:

  • Information sheets — practical copyright examples for schools covering a wide range of topics such as, copying for exams, YouTube, using images from the internet and copying sheet music.
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs) — quick answers to common copyright questions asked by school and technical and further education (TAFE) teachers.
  • Labelling and Attributing — information for teachers who create or compile resources for students, including how to attribute other creators
  • Library fair dealing and copying notice — warning notices schools must display near photocopiers, printers, scanners and devices used by students to copy content.

Copyright permission form — student work (staff login required) — form to seek permission for use of student work.

Copyright permission form — external third parties (staff login required) — form to seek permission for use of third party works from external organisations or individuals.

For information on copying for students ‘learning from home’ during the COVID-19 period, refer to: Online tools for collaboration and learning on the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.

Creative Commons licences

The Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0) is the default licence for the Department and schools’ publications and websites. 

See the Guidance tab for things to consider before releasing material to the public.

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Reviewed 20 August 2021

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