Payments and Fees

Payments

If we have collected royalties for you, we will send you a letter and a royalty statement which sets out in detail how your work was licensed, how much we collected for you and our charges. You will receive the payment directly into your nominated bank account.

To ensure prompt payment it’s important we have your current bank details. Please complete this form to provide your banking details or contact our Member Services team by email memberservices@copyright.com.au or phone 1800 066 844. For security reasons we ask for a copy of your Photo ID when updating payment details.

Jason Wing, ‘Fossil Fuel (installation photo)’ © Jason Wing/Licensed by Viscopy Photo: Adam Hollingworth
Jason Wing, ‘Fossil Fuel (installation photo)’
© Jason Wing/Licensed by Viscopy
Photo: Adam Hollingworth

Fees

Copyright Agency is a not-for-profit organisation. There is no fee to join, though an administration fee is deducted from any payments we collect for you to cover our running costs. We keep our operating costs low to deliver greater income to you.

Our administration fee varies slightly from year to year and is currently:

  • On income from ‘statutory’ licence fees collected by Copyright Agency and Screenrights: 15.4%
  • On income from our international partners (which is only deducted if your art is reproduced internationally and income is collected overseas): 15.4%
  • On income from visual arts licences in Australia and New Zealand, invoiced since 1 January 2018: 15.4%
  • On income from visual arts licences in Australia and New Zealand, invoiced before 1 January 2018: 25%

The reduction in the administration fee for visual arts licences from January 1 2018, is one of the benefits of the merger of the Copyright Agency and Viscopy, which was finalised on 30 November 2017.

The fee includes a 1.5% contribution to the Cultural Fund, which provides grants to creative individuals and arts organisations.

Income from Screenrights

Some of the income we pay to artists was collected by Screenrights for artworks in television programs that were recorded and shared by education institutions and governments, or retransmitted. Screenrights deducts its fee before passing on that income to us to pay to artists, and we also deduct our fee. You can join Screenrights to receive payments directly from Screenrights, without Copyright Agency’s deduction.

The reduction in administration fee for visual arts licences from January 1 2018, is one of the benefits of the merger of the Copyright Agency and Viscopy.  The new fee includes a 1.5% contribution to Cultural fund.

Screenrights deducts a commission from statutory income it pays to Copyright Agency. If you join Screenrights directly you do not pay Copyright Agency’s commission on Screenrights statutory income.