Associations and institutions are welcome to apply to become members of the ALCC.
There are a number of myths perpetuated about what you have to do to get copyright protection. Importantly, copyright protection in Australia is free and automatic from the moment the content is in a material form (such as the words of a poem being written down or a song is recorded). There is no application process, no registration requirement and no fees owing. And you do not need to publish your material, send yourself a copy of the material by registered post or even put a copyright notice on it (although these actions may be useful for proving copyright ownership). These requirements are explained further in our information on the requirements for gaining copyright protection.