APRA’s membership, licensing, distribution and international arrangements have been authorised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for around 15 years. We choose to seek authorisation from the ACCC because we represent the interests of songwriters and music publishers collectively and we recognise that this may give rise to competition issues under the Competition and Consumer Act. 

In June 2014, the ACCC granted APRA its current authorisation of five years, after finding our arrangements bring a public benefit that outweighs any potential public detriment. A copy of the ACCC’s determination can be found here.

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