Albanese Government acts on audio and e-book lending rights promise

Updating Australia’s lending rights schemes to include digital content will see increased payments flow directly to local writers, illustrators and publishers.

Originally promised as part of the new National Cultural Policy, Revive, in January, the Albanese Government has honoured its promise to modernise Australia’s lending rights scheme.

The investment of $12.9 million in order to extend the Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) Schemes, so that digital content such as e-books and audiobooks are included, will result in increased payments flowing directly to local writers, illustrators, publishers and translators.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts