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When you use copyright material such as photos, text, poems and recordings, you need to seek permission, acknowledge the copyright and pay any associated licensing or reproduction fees.

Requests to use Aboriginal Studies Press copyright material must be made by using the online forms below. Once we have all the information, and any fees and conditions have been met, we will process your request within 8-10 working days. If you have a specific deadline, please highlight that and we’ll try to meet it.

Using the AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia

The AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia attempts to represent the language, social or nation groups of Aboriginal Australia. It shows only the general locations of larger groupings of people which may include clans, dialects or individual languages in a group. It used published resources from the eighteenth century-1994 and is not intended to be exact, nor the boundaries fixed. It is not suitable for native title or other land claims.

  • Using the map
    • Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP) allows print and digital reproduction of the AIATSIS map of Indigenous Australia.
    • The map cannot be reproduced without approval from ASP.
    • To request permission to use the map you will need to submit a Permission Request Form.
    • A reproduction licence can be purchased for print or digital use in low or high resolution, colour and/or black and white.
    • Please note, you must seek permission each time you use the map in a different form.
    • Restrictions associated with the use of the map are outlined below.
  • Requirements
    • The map must be reproduced as a whole.
    • In printed form, the map must be A3 size or bigger.
    • We require an acknowledgment/disclaimer to appear alongside or below the map. It will be provided upon approval of your request. The word length of the disclaimer is 89 words.
  • Restrictions

    Please read through the map restrictions before submitting a request.

    These restrictions help to ensure the quality and contextual information of the map is maintained.

    Do not:

    • Crop the map e.g. by state or any other boundary
    • Change the colours or text
    • Overlay images or text
    • Add geospatial mapping
    • Reproduce in loose leaf publications or as a handout
    • Remove the contextual information
    • Reproduce for merchandising of any type, including but not limited to puzzles, coasters, table cloths, tea towels, T-shirts etc.
  • Licence timeframe

    The length of time for which a licence may be granted depends on the publication and is assessed on a case by case basis. Longer licence time frames can be negotiated.
    If you wish to extend the timeframe of your original licence, you will need to contact Aboriginal Studies Press.

    Fees and conditions are assessed on a case by case basis. Elements that can determine the fees associated with map permissions include:

    • Whether the map will be used in a commercial or non-commercial presentation or publication.
    • The type of presentation or publication in which the map will be used.
    • The context in which the map will be presented or published.
    • The audience size for the map’s intended use.
    • The proposed length of time for use.
  • Requesting permission to use our map

    To request permission to use the map you will need to submit a permission request form.
    Note: The online form cannot be saved and returned to later. It must also be completed in full to submit. 

    Please ensure that you provide the following information:

    • Where the map will be used.
    • How the map will be used.
    • The size of the reproduction.
    • The print run and retail price if including it in a publication.
    • The audience and its potential size.
    • The information that will accompany the map.
  • Step by step process
    1. Submit an online request.
    2. You will receive a response within five working days, whether your request is successful or not.
    3. If successful, you will be emailed the acknowledgement/disclaimer and the fee to which you must agree.
    4. If you agree to the conditions, you will be invoiced.
    5. Upon receipt of payment you will be sent formal approval and the digital file for the map.

    Note: Permission will be granted to the applicant only and cannot be shared with other parties.

    The map remains copyright to AIATSIS. We can not provide the underlying GIS (Geospatial) data.

    Aboriginal Studies Press reserves the right to refuse permission to reproduce the map in print in order to ensure the high production values of the original are not compromised. Note that because the map is a large-scale print publication, reproducing it at a small scale means that much of the information will not be legible. In addition, the map is produced as a high-quality printed product and ASP will need to assure itself that any print reproduction undertaken will produce a high-quality product.

Further information

Last updated: 25 May 2022