Freedom of Access to Information and Resources

We’re campaigning for a fair, open, democratic society where information can be accessed by everyone.

FAIR is lobbying on a number of issues which affect Australia's library and information sector including copyright law reform, cybersafety and the problems with internet filtering, digitising our nation’s history, encouraging children to read, evidence-based decisions in law, health and business, evidence-based policy making, learning at any age, qualified library staff in schools, supporting Australia's book industry and well funded public libraries.

FAIR cooked its way to important copyright reform

Thursday, 15 June, 2017

FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) welcomes the introduction of important copyright reforms and is delighted that our supporters' efforts to lobby has led to real change.

The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill  was today passed in Parliament and it includes a number of important and overdue amendments that will dramatically free up how Australians can access and use copyright material.

Update on Natalya Sharina case

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017

Canberra, Wednesday 7 June, 2017: FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has been following developments and helping with a campaign to support Natalya Sharina, the former librarian of the Library of Ukranian Literature in Moscow.

Her case has been concluded and she has been convicted of extremism and embezzlement, in a case which she says is politically motivated.

Read BBC news story


Tuesday, 30 May, 2017

Australia’s copyright law is hopelessly out of date.

Things that we all take for granted – forwarding emails; quoting; making and sharing memes; cloud storage – are often illegal in Australia. Fair use would fix this.

Right now the government is considering whether to introduce fair use. Let’s tell them – we need fair use now.

More than 2500 emails have already been sent - what are you waiting for? 

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Take action - join the call to release librarian Natalya Sharina from house arrest

Friday, 5 May, 2017

FAIR is asking library and information professionals to support a campaign urging the release of librarian Natalya Sharina, who is currently under house arrest in Moscow.

FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)  are in partnership with CILIP, the UK's Library and Information Association and Amnesty International - the organisations which coordinated this campaign.

Australian library and information sector responds to US immigration ban

Monday, 6 February, 2017
The Board of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has endorsed the IFLA position that open societies are healthy societies.
IFLA issued this position following the recent Executive Order issued by US President, Donald Trump, barring entry into the United States by individuals from seven countries.

Wayback Machine - fund raising

Wednesday, 21 December, 2016

Internet archive, the Wayback Machine, is  appealing for funds.

The founder and digital librarian, Brewster Kahle, said this appeal to ensure facts, good, reliable information is archived at a time when fake news is proliferating.

The objective of the fund raising is to create copy of the archive's digital collections in Canada because Mr Kahle said: '...lots of copies keeps things safe.'

During this month, a supporter of the archive, will match donations dollar for dollar.