Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about FAIR


What is FAIR?

FAIR stands for Freedom of Access to Information and Resources. It gives our supporters the opportunity to make their voices heard and to play an active part in ensuring a long term future for Australian libraries, archives and other cultural assets. FAIR is an initiative of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).


Does FAIR have an office?

FAIR is run from the Australian Library and Information Association office in Canberra. 


Why did ALIA create FAIR?

FAIR is the focus for all of ALIA's lobbying and advocacy on behalf of library and information professionals. Previously ALIA lobbied on many of the FAIR issues. FAIR is a way of bringing all this work together and engaging with library users.


When did FAIR start?

FAIR was launched on 3 February 2015 at the ALIA Information Online 2015 Conference in Sydney by ALIA President Damian Lodge.


How did you decide on the FAIR issues?

Library and Information Sector (LIS) workers have always been concerned about reading, literacy, copyright and allowing free and fair access to information and resources. We keep abreast of government policy reforms and provide our voice and opinions on changes which affect the library and information sector and the millions of people who use these services.


How can I get involved?

You can support FAIR in a variety of ways. Subscribe to the free newsletter, think about how you can use the resources we have provided to share the messages with friends and colleagues. Encourage your contacts to spread the word to the wider community and follow the conversation on social media. Find us on Twitter @joinFAIR and on Facebook at There will be individual campaigns on particular issues and there will be a call to action. Where these campaigns especially resonate with you, we welcome your active participation. The strength of our case for change will be increased by having a critical mass of supporters to draw on.


Is FAIR involved in political lobbying?

Very much so. We are regularly in touch with government departments and politicians. We make submissions to government and agency inquiries on issues that are important to FAIR and to the library and information sector. We will be providing materials and information for members of FAIR who want to join us and add their voice to ours.


How can I donate to FAIR?

Lobbying and advocacy for libraries costs in the region of $100,000 a year and we welcome any financial contributions to support these efforts. We will provide annual reports on the website explaining how contributions have been used to fund FAIR campaigns.


How can I make a media enquiry?

Contact Heather Wellard, Communications Manager, on +61 2 6215 8225 or 0409 830 439, or email: The FAIR spokesperson is ALIA Chief Executive Officer, Sue McKerracher.


How can questions about FAIR or requests for information be made to the organisation?

Email us at or call the communications team on +61 2 6215 8225.


How can I unsubscribe from FAIR emails?

Just click on the unsubscribe link at the end of the email.


I have a technical question that isn’t answered here – what should I do?

Email us at or call the communications team on +61 2 6215 8225.


How does FAIR protect my privacy?

Read the privacy policy here.