Use of the Australian National Anthem

The Commonwealth holds the copyright of the words of the Australian National Anthem, as it is proclaimed, and holds copyright to particular arrangements of music of the Australian National Anthem, available for download on this site.

As the copyright owner, the Commonwealth has the right to authorise third parties to reproduce, perform or communicate the Australian National Anthem to the public.

Non-commercial use of the Australian National Anthem

The words and music of the Australian National Anthem are in the public domain.

As the copyright owner, the Commonwealth allows the Australian National Anthem to be used within the community for non-commercial purposes.

As such, permission is not required to use, perform or record the Australian National Anthem for non-commercial purposes.

Commercial use of the Australian National Anthem

You must obtain permission to use the Australian National Anthem for commercial purposes, including when:

  • using the Australian National anthem in full or in part
  • reproducing the tune, without the words
  • reproducing the words, without the accompanying music.

Permission is granted at the discretion of PM&C and may be subject to certain conditions, including:

  • the tune or the words of the Australian National Anthem may not be modified, parodied or demeaned
  • alternative words cannot be substituted for the words of the Australian National Anthem.

Proposals to use the Australian National Anthem for commercial purposes should be submitted to:

The Assistant Secretary
Parliamentary and Government Branch
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
PO Box 6500
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Australia

Tel (02) 6271 5601
Fax (02) 6271 5662

Email: nationalsymbols@pmc.gov.au

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