Legal Services

Help us help you

Arts Law’s AITB program endeavours to provide Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists, communities and arts organisations with access to our full range of services.

How does Arts Law assist you?

When you contact Arts Law for assistance, we will deal with your enquiry in any of the following ways:

1. Legal resources

We can help you find legal resources relevant to you. For example we may direct you to the free Indigenous information sheets or sample agreements available on this website, or to the general information sheets or sample agreements on the Arts Law website.

Arts Law also publishes a range of checklists and guides, seminar papers and a quarterly publication ART+Law.

We may also direct you to information from other organisations, such as the fact sheets on the Australian Copyright Council website.

2. Telephone legal advice

Arts Law lawyers can give free telephone legal advice where your enquiry does not involve the review of any document. 

3. Document review consultation

Arts Law lawyers carry out a document review of any document, for example a contract or agreement that is related to your art practice.

4. Mediation

Where appropriate we can provide access to our mediation service.

5. Referral

If a request is outside the scope of our services, we can refer you to Arts Law’s panel of lawyers or accountants. See our referral service for more details. We may also refer you to:

  1. an appropriate arts industry body (such as NAVA), another advisory body (such as the Australian Copyright Council) or one of the collecting societies (such as APRA, AMCOS, CAL, Screenrights);
  2. another community legal centre, Legal Aid or an entity with expertise in the relevant area (e.g. an insurer).

6. Seminars

On request, Arts Law prepares and delivers lectures, workshops and seminars on topical issues concerning law and the arts. Those presentations are specially tailored to meet the needs of any audience. Arts Law's lawyers are also available to assist in curricula development and review for tertiary and vocational training purposes.

For more information go to seminars and workshops.

Contact us to arrange a seminar.

7. Advocacy

Arts Law plays a crucial role in responding to Government on the impact of laws and government policy on Indigenous arts practice and in advocating for reform. For more details go to advocacy and law reform.


8. Solid Arts

Solid Arts is a hub of information about Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) aiming to:

promote greater links between business and Indigenous communities in relation to IIP matters;
raise greater awareness among Indigenous communities, consumers and commercial operators of the need to protect ICIP; and
enhance coordination of existing networks of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations working in the area of ICIP