Public Lending Right Committee

Under the Public Lending Right Act 1985 a committee representing Australian authors, publishers and libraries is appointed by the Minister for the Arts.

The Public Lending Right Committee has number of responsibilities under the Public Lending Right Act including determining the eligibility of claimants, the amount of payment to a claimant, approving payments under the scheme, and providing recommendations and advice to the Minister about the operation of the Public Lending Right scheme.

Current membership of the Public Lending Right Committee:

Chairperson

  • Vacant

Representatives of Australian authors

  • Dr Georgia Blain.

Representative of Australian libraries

  • Ms Christine Mackenzie

Representative of Australian publishers

  • Vacant

National Library of Australia representative

  • Ms Amelia McKenzie

Departmental representative

  • Ms Kirstie Hiapola

Review of decisions of the Public Lending Right Committee

Section 20 of the Public Lending Right Act 1985 (the Act) provides for reconsideration by the Public Lending Right Committee (the Committee) of its decisions, and if necessary, by the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Reconsideration of decisions by the Committee

In accordance with subsection 20(3) of the Act, if you are dissatisfied with a decision of the Committee you have the right to request that it reconsider the decision.

A request for reconsideration must be made in writing within 28 days after receipt of the original decision. The Committee may extend this time limit. A late application should say why you consider the time limit should be extended.

There is no fee for reconsideration. Your request should quote the reference number (your claimant number) and in accordance with subsection 20(4) of the Act must set out the grounds on which you consider the decision should be reconsidered.

The Committee may then confirm the original decision, vary the original decision or set it aside and make a new decision.

Requests for a reconsideration of a decision by the Committee should be addressed to:

Public Lending Right Committee

C/o Lending Rights team

GPO Box 3241
Canberra ACT 2601

Toll free: 1800 672 842
Fax: 02 6210 2907
Email:lendingrights@arts.gov.au

Review of decisions by the AAT

If you make a request for reconsideration of a decision by the PLRC under subsection 20(3) of the Act and a decision is not made within 90 days of receiving the request, the decision is deemed to have been confirmed. In that case, or if you are dissatisfied with any reconsideration decision of the PLRC, then subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 you may apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for a review of the original decision or any reconsideration decision.

The AAT is an independent body with broad powers, including the power to make a fresh decision. Further information on making an application to the AAT is available by phoning the AAT on 1800 366 700.