University of Technology Sydney Dean of Law, Professor Jill McKeough, will lead an Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) review into the operation of copyright in the digital environment.
The review was announced by the former attorney-general Robert McClelland almost a year ago.
His replacement, Nicola Roxon, said the review would consider whether exceptions to the operation of the Copyright Act remained "adequate and appropriate in the fast-paced digital environment".
General exceptions in the Act cover issues such as fair use, content time-shifting, and the making of a copy of a computer program for back-up purposes.
Roxon said the Government was determined to encourage new opportunities within the digital economy ahead of the NBN rollout.
Draft terms of reference are expected to be released shortly.