Licence to Broadcast Music - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you intend to transmit protected sound recordings or music videos via a broadcast service, including:

  • a radio broadcast
  • a free-to-air television broadcast
  • a subscription television broadcast
  • all other holders of class licences under the Broadcasting Services Act.

This licence covers the sound recording only. Please note that depending on the nature of your activities you may also be required to hold a licence with the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). It is recommended that you discuss your licensing needs with both Agencies prior to applying.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for further information on eligibility criteria.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.


Act(s) name

Copyright Act 1968 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Copyright Regulations 2017 Australian Government

Additional information

Please note that there are different licensing regimes in Australia regarding the reproduction and playing of music and music videos that are protected by copyright:

  • Licensing in relation to the composition, or musical work, is administered by the Australasian Performing Right Association / Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society, (APRA AMCOS).
  • Licensing in relation to the recording (for example, the CD or music in other formats) is administered by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) and the Australian Record Industry Association Limited (ARIA). Copyright owners, including individual record labels, are also authorised to administer licensing for sound recordings they control. 
Please note if you are a radio station who is also simulcasting your broadcast online, you will require an additional licence for both the musical work and sound recording to cover the streaming of your broadcast. These can be acquired from PPCA and APRA AMCOS.

Administering agency

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd