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:

a.   ‘input arrangements’ -

o    the assignment of performing and communication rights by members to APRA and the terms on which membership of APRA is granted and

o    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

b.   ‘output arrangements’ – the licensing arrangements between APRA and the users of musical works and

c.   ‘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.

On 5 June 2019, the ACCC released a draft determination proposing to re-authorise APRA’s arrangements, subject to conditions, for five years. A copy of the draft determination is available from the links below.

On 27 June 2019, the ACCC granted conditional interim authorisation on the same terms as APRA’s previous authorisations A91367-A91375, including the conditions of authorisation C1 to C3.

The ACCC is holding a pre-decision conference about its draft determination on 19 July 2019 in Sydney.

24 December 2018

Lodgement of application

9 January 2019

Public consultation process begins.

8 February 2019

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

April/May 2019

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

5 June 2019

Draft determination.

12 June 2019

Closing date for submissions about interim authorisation.

21 June 2019

Pre-decision conference called by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia.

27 June 2019

ACCC granted interim authorisation.

5 July 2019

Closing date for submissions on the draft determination.

8 July 2019

Last day to RSVP for pre-decision conference

19 July 2019

Pre-decision conference date

August 2019

Final determination.


  • Australasian Performing Right Association Limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000433-1


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Submissions - before draft decision

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