Licence to Play Featured Recorded Music - Australian Government


You will require this licence if in the operation of your business there will be performances at the premises by means of either:

  • featured recorded music selected or pre-programmed by DJs
  • a pre-programmed music service.

This licence may be relevant to you if you operate any of the following:

  • hotel, club, motel, tavern or bar
  • restaurant or cafe
  • retail outlet
  • health or beauty service
  • fitness centre or trainer
  • theatre or cinema
  • corporate / business workplace
  • school, university or other tertiary institution
  • dance school or eisteddfod organiser
  • community band, choir or performance group
  • hall, ice rink, function or sports centre
  • other service to the public.
A licence legally authorises the public performance of copyrighted music from within the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA AMCOS) and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) global inventory of registered songs (called works), sound recordings and music videos.

You would obtain a licence from OneMusic Australia depending on the type of business or organisation you are operating and this covers the rights of the above two organisations.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • apply using the relevant form
  • pay the appropriate licence fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Annual renewal is required.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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The application fee for an annual licence is either 16.379 cents per person who can hear the performance, or 1.859% of gross admission fees.


Task Business Structure Resources
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Act(s) name

Copyright Act 1968 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Copyright Regulations 2017 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australasian Performing Right Association

OneMusic Australia

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

OneMusic Australia

Australasian Performing Right Association

Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 5000
Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012
Phone: 1300 162 162
Website: OneMusic Australia (Opens in new window)

Supporting information