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.

#CookingForCopyright online

Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

Will you be furiously cooking up a storm on Sunday evening 30th July, and wearing your Cooking For Copyright apron, or recovering from a successful day of baking?
Like to share your baking adventures virtually, wherever you are in Australia or the world?

We're cooking for copyright AGAIN

Thursday, 15 June, 2017

Date for Diaries - Monday 31 July 2017

Have a celebratory morning or afternoon tea to celebrate the passing of the  The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill

We want you to celebrate these important copyright reforms because FAIR supporters and Members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) efforts to lobby our politicians has led to real change.

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Australia’s copyright law is hopelessly out of date.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? 

Read more 

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.