Advocacy: Proposed Changes to Copyright Law

Read below the submission made by the CBCA to the Productivity Commission in relation to the proposed changes to Copyright Law. 

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has been supporting Australian writers and illustrators since our inception in 1945. Through our work, we know that literature for children and young adults makes a significant contribution to building and maintaining our Australian cultural life.


As the premier organisation on literature for young people in this country, the CBCA is strongly opposed to any changes to intellectual property laws which could damage the distinctive voice of the books created in this country or which could damage the livelihood of creators and ultimately the publishing industry as a whole. High-quality Australian children's literature has a long lifespan and the CBCA affirms that authors and illustrators deserve to be duly compensated for both the quality and longevity of their work. We urge the government to give careful consideration to the correct balance between content creators and end users in intellectual property reform.


Finally, we respectfully suggest that additional research and genuine consultation into the impact of the suggested changes on the various stakeholder groups affected is needed. CBCA would be willing and interested in being part of such a consultation group.


Professor Margot Hillel OAM

Chair, National Board, The Children’s Book Council of Australia 

Book of the Year Awards 2016 Short List Announced!

Today we take great pleasure in announcing the Short List for the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

See the Short List 2016 books.

See the Crichton Short List 2016 books.

This year, the Book of The Year Awards celebrates its 70th anniversary making it the longest running book awards in Australia. From the small list of books entered in 1946, entries have now grown to over 400, highlighting the strength and richness of Australian publishing for children, and the talent of those who create the books.

We proudly support Australian authors and illustrators of books for young readers. The Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards are extremely influential in children’s publishing and bookselling, promoting quality children's books for schools, libraries and the community at large. We look forward to continuing to encourage new generations of Australian children.

Our National Chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM said, “For over 70 years The Children’s Book Council has made a significant contribution to the success of Australian children’s publishing, an important part of our unique Australian culture and heritage. The CBCA Book of the Year Awards celebrates the wonderful writing and illustrating of Australian creators who produce books for children from the earliest years to upper secondary. The Short List this year once again reflects the high standard of children’s literature in Australia and the CBCA looks forward to promoting Australian children’s literature to new generations of young readers.”

70th Book of the Year Awards 2016 – Notable Books

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) today announced the list of Notable Books (also known as the Long List) for the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

CBCA National Chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM said, "Once again the CBCA is excited about the diversity and quality of Australian children's books, with themes this year of war, refugees and fantasy. It’s wonderful to see more books of poetry and once again, outstanding illustrations. There were over 400 books entered this year, the largest category was for Picture Books with 131 submissions. Clearly there is a real depth of talent producing great books for children and young people. The Children’s Book Council of Australia is delighted to be able to highlight these excellent new titles.”

See the full list of Notables here 

Established in 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation which aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.

The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature.

In 2015, the CBCA celebrated 70 years of enjoying and promoting the best of Australian literature for children and young people.