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Appointments to the Copyright Tribunal of Australia

The Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP
Media Release

Today, the Albanese Government announces three new members of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia.

Professor Michael Fraser AM, Ms Fiona Phillips, and Ms Alida Stanley have been appointed as part time, non-judicial Members of the Tribunal, each for three-year terms.

All appointees bring valuable knowledge and experience to the role and their expertise will significantly bolster the Copyright Tribunal's capacity to consider matters within its jurisdiction.

The Copyright Tribunal is an independent specialist body, established under the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) that primarily hears disputes about remuneration payable to copyright collecting societies under copyright licencing schemes. Non-judicial members provide specialist expertise to assist the Copyright Tribunal in determining disputes.

The Government congratulates all new appointees who will bring valuable copyright expertise and industry knowledge to the Copyright Tribunal's work. The Government also thanks the outgoing members for their valuable service to the Tribunal.

For more information visit the Copyright Tribunal website.


Professor Michael Fraser AM

Professor Fraser is a former legal practitioner and Professor of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he established the Communications Law Centre. Professor Fraser founded the Copyright Agency Limited and served as its Chief Executive Officer for 21 years.

Ms Fiona Phillips

Ms Phillips established her own legal practice, Fiona Phillips Law, where she has served as the Principal since 2018. She held the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Australian Copyright Council from 2012 to 2017. Ms Phillips was a co-editor of Intellectual Property Forum, the official journal of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, from 2018 to 2021. Ms Phillips also served as Assistant Deputy General Counsel of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Ms Alida Stanley

Ms Stanley is currently the President of the Copyright Society of Australia and serves on the board of Omega Ensemble. Ms Stanley was formerly a non-executive director for the Australian Copyright Council, where she also served on the board for 10 years until 2021. Ms Stanley also has significant legal experience in both Australia and the USA, including working as a Solicitor with the Office of General Counsel at the University of Sydney, as Senior Solicitor for the Arts Law Centre Australia, Associate Attorney for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, and Solicitor for Mallesons Stephen Jacques.