Australasian Performing Right Association Limited


APRA is seeking re-authorisation to continue its arrangements for the acquisition and licensing of performing and communication rights in music. The arrangements cover:

  • ‘input arrangements’ -
    • the assignment of performing and communication rights by members to APRA and the terms on which membership of APRA is granted and
    • APRA’s reciprocal arrangements with overseas collecting societies by which, for the most part, the collecting societies grant each other the exclusive right to license works they respectively control
  • ‘output arrangements’ – the licensing arrangements between APRA and the users of musical works and
  • ‘distribution arrangements’– by which APRA distributes to relevant members the fees it has collected from licensees/users.

Re-authorisation has been sought for five years.

APRA’s existing authorisation (A91367-A91375) expires on 28 June 2019. APRA is also seeking interim authorisation in the event that the final determination has not come into effect by the time the existing authorisation expires.

The ACCC invites submissions from interested parties in response to APRA’s application by 8 February 2019. Please see below for a copy of the application and for further details about how to make a submission.


Indicative timetable for assessment of the application


24 December 2018

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

09 January 2019

Public consultation process begins.

08 February 2019

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

Feb/March 2019

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

April 2019

Draft determination.

May 2019

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

June/July 2019

Final determination.



  • Australasian Performing Right Association Limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000433-1

Submissions - before draft decision

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