Legal deposit requirements - publishers - Queensland

Service summary

It is a legal requirement under Part 8 of the Libraries and Archives Act 1988 for all publishers to deposit a copy of each publication with the State Library of Queensland and with the Library of the Queensland Parliament within one month of publication.

Service type

Advisory Material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance in undertaking a business.

Definition of terms


includes: magazines, journals or pamphlets; newsletters; printed music; maps, plans, charts or tables;

books; newspapers; annual reports; printed music; films, tapes, disks or other similar items designed to reproduce visual images, sound or information; electronic publications.

Additional information

Copies of later editions do not have to be deposited unless they differ from the original publication.

Where more than one format exists only one version needs to be deposited. Print is preferred to electronic; hard cover is preferred to paperback.

ISBN Numbers:
There is no need for a publication to have an identifier like ISBN, ISMN or ISSN for Legal Deposit purposes. ISBNs are used by the retail book trade but are not required for Legal Deposit.

A free ISBN service for Australian publishers is provided by the National Library of Australia and Thorpe Bowker.

Allocation of a unique code for the identification of publications which can be used wherever information on publications needs to be recorded or communicated:

  • International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
  • International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

Administering agency

Minister for Science and Innovation
State Library of Queensland
John Oxley Library

Act(s) name

Libraries Act 1988 (Queensland)

Contact details

Legal Deposit, Description Services
Minister for Science and Innovation
State Library of Queensland
John Oxley Library

Operating address:
State Library of Qld Cultural Ctre Stanley Place
South Brisbane
Queensland 4101
Mailing address:
PO Box 3488
South Brisbane
Queensland 4101


07 3840 7880


07 3842 9126


The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

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