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.

Nominations are flowing in!

Tuesday, 27 October, 2015

There are some Great School Libraries out there!

Nominations are pouring in for Great School Libraries.

The response has been fantastic so far - we have 140 nominations and that tally grows daily!

So keep them coming because we want to recognise amazing school libraries and the important services they provide to our schools: libraries that help children find reliable information, think critically, safely navigate the internet and find great reads. 

And we're starting to get some great pictures and videos.

Seeking Great School Libraries

Thursday, 15 October, 2015

Teacher librarians and school library professionals inspire students every day of the term…..we want to recognise these amazing school libraries and the important services they provide to our school communities.

FAIR  has joined with The Australian Library and Information Association, ALIA Schools, Australian School Library Association, Queensland School Library Association, School Library Association of NSW, School Library Association of South Australia, School Library Association of Victoria and Western Australian School Library Association to seek out these inspirational places of learning and discovery.


Cooking for Copyright Day 31 July 2015

Wednesday, 8 July, 2015

We're using vintage recipes to push for copyright reform, with Cooking for Copyright Day on Friday 31 July. We're focusing on the fact that in Australia copyright in published works lasts 70 years after the death of the creator, but for unpublished works, copyright lasts forever. This means old diaries, letters, even recipes are locked away. We're campaigning for unpublished and published works to have the same term of copyright.

Together we're helping Vanuatu

Wednesday, 3 June, 2015

Together FAIR and the American Library Association have raised $4000 in total for new books for school libraries in Vanuatu.

This has been a wonderful example of  international cooperation to help support libraries in the Asia Pacific Region.

Big thanks for our American colleagues for supporting this and to all donors for their generosity.

State Library of Western Australia - impact of WA Budget

Friday, 15 May, 2015

We’ve been waiting for the WA Budget to see the results for the State Library of Western Australia.

Remember in March we asked you to email John Day, the WA Minister for Culture and the Arts, and protest about any cuts that could lead to public library closures.

Well, it’s not good news. Yesterday the State Government slashed 8% from the library’s budget, compared to last year’s funding. We’re disappointed by this, especially as the Minister told us:

Government should Consider Libraries as Stakeholder in Treaty Negotiations

Tuesday, 5 May, 2015

Copyright advisor to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) Trish Hepworth and ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher, yesterday gave evidence to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on the Commonwealth's Treaty Making Process.

Copyright and Intellectual Property (IP) issues often come up in treaties and unintended consequences occur.