All students, as well as staff conducting their own research, can rely on provisions in the Australian Copyright Act 1968 called "Fair Dealing for the purposes of research or study" for reproducing copyright materials.
In general terms, fair dealing lets you copy up to 10% or one chapter of works such as books, plays and sheet music.
For journal articles, you can copy one article from any issue of a periodical, or more than one if they are for the same course of study or research.
See here for detailed information on Fair Dealing.
Copyright Law in Australia – Commonwealth Attorney-General's Depaftment
Brochure for Students on Copyright at CQU
(for printing on A4 Landscape double-sided)
Australian Copyright Council Infosheets ... more
Theses completed for research higher degrees, such as a PhD or Masters by coursework, must be submitted to the Australasian Digital Theses (ADT) for dissemination on the world wide web.
Unfortunately, fair dealing for the purposes of research or study does not allow you to communicate online.
This means that any third-party copyright material, such as photos, diagrams, illustrations, photocopies of newspaper or substantial quotations of text, etc, will need permission from the copyright owners to be included in an online database.
OAK Law Project (QUT)
Copyright Guide for Research Students: What you need to know about copyright before depositing your electronic thesis in an online repository