The report shows more than $22 million was paid to over 17,500 claimants through the Public Lending Right and Educational Lending Right schemes in 2016–17.
The schemes ensure Australian book publishers and creators can be compensated for the loss of income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries.
Both aim to enrich Australian culture by encouraging the growth and development of Australian writing and publishing.
The Public Lending Right (PLR) scheme was established by the Government to make payments to eligible creators and publishers in recognition that income is lost through the availability of their books in public lending libraries. In 2016–17 payments totalling $10.265 million were made to 7,542 claimants of which 7,292 were creators and 250 were publishers.
In 2000–01 Australia introduced the Educational Lending Right (ELR) and we remain the only country with such a comprehensive scheme. In 2016–17 the ELR scheme made payments totalling $12.128 million to 9,996 claimants, of which 9,632 were creators and 364 were publishers whose books are held in educational libraries, including school, TAFE and university libraries.
This year we launched a new Lending Rights Online portal to make it easier for creators and publisher to register for the scheme and lodge their annual claims. The deadline for registrations and submitting new title claims is 31 March each year.