Licence to Play Music in the Workplace - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to play live or recorded music within your workplace, or to make copies of music for these purposes. The types of activities covered by this licence include:

  • employees playing music at their desks
  • having music play in your office, warehouse or the like
  • playing music at business events, or office parties
  • playing music in training sessions and other business presentations
  • playing music in front-of-office or reception areas that are available to the public
  • telephone hold music for your fitness centre or business telephone.

You will need a separate licence if you intend to use for ticketed events or live performances open to the public. 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.

This licence covers the use of music for the described activities only. Please note that depending on the nature of your activities you may also be required to hold a licence with the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) or the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

Please contact 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 apply for this licence, you must:

  • submit your ABN / ACN (if you have one)
  • submit the required forms
  • pay the prescribed fees.

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 dependant on the activity you are applying for. Please consult the responsible Agency for more information on fees.

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Workplace Music Fact Sheet - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Copyright Act 1968 AG

Regulation(s) name

Copyright Regulations 1969 AG

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