Images such as photographs and graphics are widely used in communications materials to enhance a message or the ‘look and feel’ of a publication, report, video or website.

Legal requirements relating to ‘copyright’ and ‘moral rights’, and policy requirements relating to information privacy, must be considered when obtaining and using images. These are outlined below:

  • Is this version of the image the highest resolution available?
  • Was the image taken as part of a contract with the Crown?
  • Has copyright for the images been given in full to the Crown?
  • Have provisions for consent to infringement of moral rights been established between the photographer and the Crown?
  • Has the image subject(s) given permission to use the image by signing an Acknowledgement of use of image form (adult and minor)?