Media Releases Tuesday, 3 October 2017

This page keeps a record of media releases by CAUL, and those that CAUL is party to or mentioned in. For more news see the What's new page. For media enquiries contact Harry Rolf, Communication and Policy Officer at cpo[at]

9 August 2017

CAUL has released a statement re-affirming its commitment to the Respect.Now.Always campaign and to take action against sexual assault and harassment. Release of this statment coincided with the launch of a report Change The Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities (2017) by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Full statement.

2 August 2017

Taylor & Francis and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) are pleased to announce a new agreement enabling access for all 47 Australian and New Zealand universities to Taylor & Francis’s portfolio of more than 2,500 high-quality peer-reviewed journals from 2017-2019. 

23 March 2017

CAUL commented on the benefits of the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017 which was tabled in Parliament on the 22nd March (see the media release). This was picked up in an article by the Australian newspaper on the 24th March.

14 February 2017

CAUL was one of 47 organisations (including ALIA, Google, Facebook and Twitter) to sign a joint letter to the Minister for Communications the Hon. Mitch Fifield asking for action to be taken on copyright reforms recommended by the Productivity Commission. The letter was coordinated by the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) and published on 13th February 2017. The CAUL President spoke to the Australian newspaper about the significance of fair use to education in Australia.

13 February 2017

Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) have announced a new agreement, covering 31 universities in Australia and New Zealand. The new model is based on an institution’s science-category full time equivalent students, and weighted against levels of study and research. This statement was also mentioned by Research Information (

12 December 2016

Research Library Associations Commit to the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record
The International Alliance of Research Library Associations (IARLA) — a global coalition of several major research and academic library associations in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United States — recognises the significance of preservation of the scholarly record.

24 March 2016

Outcomes from the first joint meeting of five of the world’s most prominent academic and research library organisations took place at the British Library in London on Tuesday 8 March, ahead of the Research Libraries UK Conference
The first joint meeting between ARL, CARL, CAUL, LIBER and RLUK (members of IARLA) took place at the British Library in London on Thursday 8 March 2016 ahead of the Research Libraries UK Conference. The meeting included elected leaders and executive directors of the five major organisations, and covered a range of emerging issues: 

  • How to ensure that research libraries meet the diverse disciplinary needs of their faculty and research users
  • The importance of research data and curation
  • Preservation of the scholarly record, and the challenge of digital obsolescence
  • Reforms to intellectual property and licensing regimes
  • The open access agenda - how to make scholarly publishing work more effectively and sustainably
  • Transparency and accountability in agreements with publishers of scholarly journals

[More information]

27 November 2013

CAUL endorses the AusGOAL framework for the licensing of research data.   AusGOAL's guidelines are expected to generate many benefits for Australian universities, national and international research communities and research funding bodies.