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Executive Officer and Copyright Law and Policy Adviser

Advertiser: Australian Digital AllianceMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
22 Jul 2020
$75,000-$95,000 neg. based on skills & experience
Work Type
Full Time
Legal, Intellectual Property Law

The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) is seeking an Executive Officer to manage its affairs and contribute to copyright policy development and advocacy in Australia and overseas. The position will also fill the role of Copyright Law and Policy Adviser to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC).

ADA members include universities, schools, consumers, galleries, museums, technology companies, libraries, archives and charitable organisations. The ALCC is the primary policy body for library and archive copyright in Australia, representing the major library and archive peak bodies.   

This is a unique and fast-paced role, offering diverse opportunities for professional development.

Responsibilities include the development and communication of advocacy positions and policy submissions on a range of copyright issues, legal research and analysis, public speaking, media, stakeholder communication, and administration. The copyright adviser also develops and delivers workshops on copyright issues for the library and archive sector.

Direct engagement with government departments, parliamentarians and stakeholders on copyright advocacy is a core requirement of this position. The successful applicant will regularly participate in forums, conferences and discussions on copyright and related issues.

It is an exciting time to be involved in copyright law and policy, as governments worldwide consider how best to update copyright laws for the internet age informed by our COVID-19 experience. This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic, self-motivated candidate to develop further expertise in digital copyright and access to information, and establish relationships with a range of stakeholders in Australia and overseas.

This is a full time position located at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. Some national and international travel is likely to be required. Flexible work arrangements may be possible for the right candidate.

The initial appointment is for two years, commencing in September 2020. We will keep applications on file for 12 months for consideration for other opportunities. 

Applicants are required to hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 16 August 2020. 

Enquiries: Jessica Coates (02) 6262 1118 or


Specific duties:

  • Researching and writing papers, submissions and web based material involving the relationship between copyright law, access to knowledge and technological innovation under the direction of ADA and ALCC members;

  • Liaising with Parliamentarians and government departments on issues relating to information regulation and copyright, particularly the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development & Communications, and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade;

  • Monitoring and providing comment on proposed changes to Commonwealth copyright legislation and any other relevant legislation and regulation;

  • Providing regular updates to the membership of the ADA and ALCC;

  • Coordinating the ADA’s annual Copyright Forum;

  • Delivery of copyright workshops, presentations and online training materials to libraries and archives around Australia;

  • Coordinating and supporting Committee and Board meetings, public forums and stakeholder consultations;

  • Development and implementation of media and publicity activities relating to copyright issues, including advocacy and presentations at conferences and workshops;

  • Liaison with stakeholders at national and international levels;

  • General administration and management of the affairs of the ADA and ALCC, including supervision of a part time staff member.

Provision of support to the respective organisations is on a 50/50 proportional basis.

Selection criteria:

  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to copyright law reform and the objectives of the Australian Digital Alliance and the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee;

  • Demonstrated understanding of and expertise in copyright law;

  • A completed law degree or equivalent experience;

  • Proven ability to research, synthesise information and write clearly and concisely;   

  • Strong and confident oral communication skills, including high proficiency in advocacy and presentation;

  • A high level of digital literacy;

  • The capacity to work autonomously, and to ensure systematic and timely communication. This is important in maintaining information flows for the two organisations and supporting their administrative operations with the chairs of the ADA and the ALCC, who are not based in Canberra.

Salary Range:

$75 000 – $95 000 negotiable based on skills and experience

How to apply:

Email an application to The application must include:

  • CV – including contact details for two referees
  • Memorandum addressing the selection criteria, maximum two pages
The application form will include these questions:
  • How many years' experience do you have in intellectual property law?

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