Licence to Play Music in Restaurants and Cafes - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to play copyrighted music in your restaurant or cafe business. This licence covers the use of music in any of the following manners:

  • playing background music in your business
  • live music performances (including DJs and / or karaoke).

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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Copyright Act 1968 AG

Regulation(s) name

Copyright Regulations 1969 AG

Additional information

This licence covers restaurant and cafe businesses only. Please note that depending on the nature of your activities you may also be required to hold a licence with the PPCA or ARIA. It is recommended that you discuss your licensing needs with all three Agencies prior to applying.

Administering agency

Australasian Performing Right Association

Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society

Revenue and Licensing

Contact details

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

Enquiries, Licensing Services

Revenue and Licensing

Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society

Australasian Performing Right Association

Operating address: 16 Mountain Street
New South Wales 2007
Mailing address: Locked Bag 5000
Strawberry Hills
New South Wales 2012
Phone: 1300 852 388
Phone: 02 9935 7900