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APA Referencing - Education & CCSC students: Figures & tables

This guide provides information on how to reference using the APA 7th edition publication style

Figures, Tables and Other Images

Figures, tables and other images

In Australia, educational institutions pay an annual copyright fee per student for the education statutory licence, which covers student use of images and tables for educational purposes (Australian Copyright Council, 2019). Figures (images and diagrams) and tables can be reproduced in student assignments as long as they are correctly acknowledged.

Under the education statutory licence, to include a figure or table in your assignment, it may be simply a matter of adding the web address as a caption to an image sourced from the internet. For a written work, such as a book or journal (including ebooks and online journals), provide an author-date citation in APA 7th edition style with a page number. However, if a figure has a copyright notice such as a Creative Commons copyright notice, then the figure or table must be credited in line with the conditions of the licence. 

While the Australian education statutory licence covers the use of figures and tables in student assignments in Australia during the time of student enrolment, it does not provide permission for the figure or table to be used in another context outside education. 


First example: Figure from a website downloaded for use in a student assignment at Morling College


Figure 1

Morling College Education Faculty (


Second example: Figure from a document for use in a student assignment at Morling College (Author, Date, Page)


Figure 2

Explicit memory systems (Norris, 2014, p. 118)



Australian Copyright Council. (2019). Text and images in education: An in-depth guide. Australian Copyright Council. 

Morling College. (2023). Faculty of Education. Retrieved 30 October from

Norris, N. G. (2014). A new perspective on thinking, memory and learning in gifted adults with Asperger syndrome: Five phenomenological case studies [Thesis, University of Wollongong]. Wollongong, NSW.

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