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.

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on the fact that in Australia copyright in published works lasts 70 years after the death of the creator, but for unpublished works, copyright lasts forever.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 We're campaigning for unpublished and published works to have the same term of copyright.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.

American Library Association to raise funds for Vanuatu

Friday, 10 April, 2015

Good news!

The American Library Association (ALA) is supporting our efforts to raise funds to replenish school library book collections which were destroyed during Cyclone Pam in mid-March in Vanuatu.

Read the article on the ALA website.

The ALA will collect funds in North America and then dispatch them to us. 

We will then find the best way to get some educational books to Vanuatu.

We are still investigating how to do this and will update soon on how this will be achieved.

Collection box flyer - resource to help raise funds for Vanuatu school libraries

Wednesday, 1 April, 2015
FAIR collection box

FAIR is helping you collect donations for the school libraries of Vanuatu.

We have made a flyer that you can attach to your collection box - download the flyer.

FAIR has been collecting donations to help replace school library books in Vanuatu following the terrible destruction caused by Cyclone Pam.

As you know we reached out to the National Library and Archives of Vanuatu who have promised to get the books to the school children,