Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct

Launched in 2010, the Indigenous Art Code is an important code of conduct for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres. The Code was developed by the Australia Council for the Arts working with an Industry Alliance Group made up of artists, Indigenous art centres, commercial art galleries, public art galleries, auction houses and visual arts peak bodies including ANKAAA, Ananguku Arts, Desart and UMI Arts, following recommendations in the 2007 report of the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Indigenous visual arts and craft sector: Indigenous Art – Securing the Future.

The Code aims to ensure fair trade with Indigenous artists. It provides a national set of standards covering best practice conduct for the art production and sales relationships between Indigenous artists, art centres, agents, galleries, dealers and buyers.

The Code sets out procedures to ensure that Indigenous artists are treated ethically and fairly in all art production and sales relationships including with regards to artists’ incomes from artworks, copyright and intellectual property rights.

The Indigenous Art Code Company Ltd was established in 2010 to provide a governance and legal structure for the administration of the Code. It is a public company and has a Board of Directors with the authority to deal with complaints and issue sanctions under the Code.

For more information go the the Indigenous Art Code website.

Arts Law Sample indigenous artist & art centre agreement

A sample Indigenous Artist and Art Centre Agreement has been developed for Indigenous Art Centres to use with its artists members where the Art Centre sells the work of the artist on consignment and provides services to the Artist (such as promoting the Artist, providing canvasses at no cost and assisting the professional development of the artist). For more information visit the Arts Law website.

The Resale Royalty

The Resale Royalty scheme that was introduced by the Australian Government on 9 June 2010, enables visual artists in Australia to receive a royalty each time their artworks are resold within the terms outlined in the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009. Therefore, it is a scheme that provides another way for artists to earn income and receive some benefit from the resale of their original artworks.

Artists are eligible to receive 5% of the sale price when their original works are resold through the art market for $1,000 or more. The resale royalty right applies to works by living artists and for a period of 70 years after an artist’s death.

Further information about the Resale Royalty can be found on the Copyright Agency Limited website or call CAL on 1800 066 844.

ANKAAA has developed a poster for distribution through Indigenous Arts Peak Bodies across Australia to help explain the resale royalty scheme to artists. Download a copy of the ANKAAA Resale Royalty Poster (PDF, 400Kb) or contact ANKAAA for printed copies.

The Art Centre Way

The Art Centre Way is a comprehensive website of information and training resources about Art Centre artistic and business practices. The resource retains connection with the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) – a guide for developing and assessing useful reading, writing, numeracy, learning, communicating and listening skills. It also maps the activities of the Art Centre back to the National Training industry Standards (NTIS) through using the Training Package Visual Arts and Crafts Training Package, Certificate lll in Arts Administration.

Business Structures and Governance: A practical Guide for the Arts

Arts Law’s handbook, Business Structures and Governance: A Practical Guide for the Arts is now available. It contains information about business structures frequently used by artists and arts organizations in Australia, including partnerships, co-operatives, unincorporated and incorporated associations, and companies. The guide can be used to help you decide which structure will be most suitable for you and your organization. It provides helpful information about starting up an organization and meeting your ongoing legal obligations.

Australia Council guides to comply with Indigenous protocols

The Australia Council for the Arts has released a fully revised second edition of its protocol guides to help Australians better understand the use of Indigenous cultural material. The five guides available cover protocols for producing Indigenous Australian media arts, music performing arts, visual arts and writing. For these and other resources relating to the Indigenous Arts Industry visit the Australia Council for the Arts Indigenous Arts Resources pages.


The Office of the Registar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) is an independent statutory office holder who administers the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). This Act guides how Indigenous corporations are run. The CATSI Act started on 1 July 2007. The ORIC Website has information about governance of Indigenous corporations. ORIC also provides training and support for governance of Indigenous corporations, details can be found on the website.

The Chamber Of Commerce NT

The Chamber of Commerce NT is committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment, and promote a friendly, and enjoyable working environment, providing significant job satisfaction.