The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) established the Artists in the Black (AITB) service in 2004, in response to the needs of the Indigenous arts community. AITB aims to increase access to advice and information about the legal rights of Indigenous artists, communities and arts organisations. Arts Law provides these services to Indigenous artists in a culturally appropriate way.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, is the national community legal centre for the arts. It provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation to artists and arts organisations across all art forms.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia has a specialised Indigenous service, Artists in the Black. Artists in the Black aims to increase access to advice and information about the legal rights of Indigenous artists and organisations in a culturally appropriate way thanks to the help of Indigenous staff.
The Attorney-General’s Department website provides some introductory information to copyright and intellectual property.
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body.
A not-for-profit organisation that promotes photomedia-based art in Australia.
The ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, businesses and the community. Its primary responsibility is to ensure that individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.
The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation. Its mission is to advance the arts and the creative industries in Australia by promoting the value of copyright.
Tax information for individuals, Companies and organisations, from the Tax Department of the Australian Federal Government.
The Black Book Directory includes more than 2,700 listings of Indigenous organisations and individuals working across 95 professions in the arts, media and cultural industries.
The Black Book Library is constantly evolving to include new artistic works by Indigenous people. It currently contains 2,000 works from the late 1890s until now.
BoardConnect, a resource for the boards of non-profit organisations, has been operating in Queensland, largely with arts and cultural organisations, since August 2008. It was an initiative of consulting firm, Positive Solutions and received initial financial support from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. In June 2011, it won a contract with Arts Queensland to continue to provide these services for a further two years.
BoardConnect is now an independent non-profit entity and is extending its services beyond Queensland and beyond the arts into the broader non-profit sector.
Provides information about the classifications system and how to apply for a classification.
Community Legal Centres NSW Inc. (CLCNSW) is the peak body for CLCs in NSW. Community Legal Centres (CLCs) are independent community organisations providing equitable and accessible legal services. NSW CLCs work for the public interest, particularly for disadvantaged and marginalised people and communities.
There is a large network of community legal centres (CLCs) throughout Australia. Some CLCs will assist in the preparation of wills. The National Association of CLC's has a directory which gives information about the sort of work each CLC does.
A community legal centre specialising in financial services, particularly matters and policy issues related to consumer credit, banking and debt recovery. It provides free telephone legal advice to NSW consumers on credit, debt and banking matters.
CAL manages the copyright of authors, journalists, visual artists, surveyors, photographers and newspaper, magazine and book publishers to license the copying of their works to the general community.
NCOSS provides independent and informed policy development, advice and review and plays a key coordination and leadership role for the non government social and community services sector in New South Wales.
The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages and Culture is the national body for community based Indigenous language programs in Australia.
FORM is an independent, not for profit organisation dedicated to advocating for and developing creativity in Western Australia. Form has a specific Indigenous program.
Indigenous Art Code Limited is a public company established by the Australian Government to administer the Indigenous Art Commercial Code of Conduct (IACCC).
Provides links to resources on Indigenous art and the law.
IP Australia is the federal government agency that grants rights in patents, designs and trademarks.
The Alliance is the union and professional organisation which covers everyone in the media, entertainment, sports and arts industries. There are over 36,000 members which include people working in TV, radio, theatre & film, entertainment venues, recreation grounds, journalists, actors, dancers, sportspeople, cartoonists, photographers, orchestral & opera performers as well as people working in public relations, advertising, book publishing & website production. MEAA can provide information to members about minimum standard hourly rates.
MAV is a not for profit organisation promoting cultural diversity in the arts. MAV offers opportunities and support structures to artists and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Desert Knowledge CRC was a research institution which focused on creating useful outcomes, with commercial application for desert people, communities and partners. The work of the DKCRC continues under Ninti One Limited, management company for the new Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP).
NSW Fair Trading administers fair trading laws and looks after the rights of consumers. At the same time, NSW Fair Trading advises businesses and traders on fair and ethical practices. Free publications are available on their website providing information for consumers and traders of NSW.
Free publications to help employees and employers understand their rights and obligations under NSW industrial legislation. Has information about registering as an agent.
Information and resources to assist people from Queensland in their legal needs, such as databases of lawyers and legal organisations, legal information and pro bono legal assistance.
The University of Western Sydney has developed The Small Business Tool Kit that is full of useful information for people starting a business. The Small Business Tool Kit is a valuable resource to find information and interactive tools you need to start, run and grow your business. You can register for free to create a profile, build business planning documents and track your progress.
Terri Janke is a leading international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property. Terri Janke and Company's website links to useful publications.
In addition to the development of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UNPFII has examined the issues of protection of Indigenous traditional knowledge through work of special rapporteur Michael Dodson.
UNESCO has developed the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural heritage and provides useful resources relevant to the convention including a kit on intangible culutral heritage.
WIPO has a Traditional Knowledge section which has been working on a range of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Programs including:
- Intergovernmental committee on draft provisions for the protection of traditional cultural expressions, traditional knowledge and genetic resources.
- Creative heritage project.
- Database of existing codes, guidelines, practices which contains examples of codes, guidelines, policies, protocols and standard agreements relating to recording digitising and dissemination of cultural heritage with an emphasis on intellectual property issues.