Government departments report data to Screenrights about the programs they copy from television and radio. Screenrights then allocates royalties to the programs that have been copied.
Screenrights collects data across the Australian financial year, 1 July to 30 June, with royalty payments commencing the following December. This means that it can take between 6 – 18 months before rightsholders may receive a royalty payment for the use of their programs. For example, if a program was broadcast and copied in July, the royalty payment would be made in December the following year.