The Aboriginal Art Association of Australia (AAAA) serves and represents individuals and organisations who produce, promote, protect or support Indigenous art and the culture that allows it to flourish.
The Aboriginal Artists Agency is a non-for profit organisation that operates a service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to create income from the reproduction of works of art. It arranges copyright clearance and licences for individuals wishing to use images of Indigenous artworks.
A list of artists under licence may be obtained by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ku Arts is an Aboriginal owned peak body for artists of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far northwest of South Australia.
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.
Art Source is the peak membership body for visual artists in Western Australia.
ANKAAA is the peak advocacy and support agency for aboriginal artists and art centres located in the regions of Arnhem Land, Darwin/Katherine, the Kimberley and Tiwi Islands.
The Attorney-General’s Department website provides some introductory information to copyright and intellectual property.
Ausdance is the national organization for dancers. It provides advocacy for dance, the Ausdance Aon Insurance Scheme, Safe Dance research, dance industry journals and publications, workshops and forums, networking and dance resources.
A not-for-profit organisation that promotes photomedia-based art in Australia, dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and photo media.
The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation. They represent the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies.
They advocate for the contribution of creators to Australia’s culture and economy; the importance of copyright for the common good. They work to promote understanding of copyright law and its application, lobby for appropriate law reform and foster collaboration between content creators and consumers.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors is committed to excellence in governance. We make a positive impact on society and the economy through governance education, director development and advocacy.
AMIN represents the member, the state and territory music industry associations (Music Victoria, MusicNSW, WAM, QMusic, Music NT, Music Tasmania, Music SA and Music ACT) and creates a wide network that provides a national platform for the representation and the delivery of projects for the benefit of the contemporary music industry in Australia.
Amrap is a community radio initiative to get national airplay of Australian music. It offers services for signed and unsigned Australian artists, record labels and all community radio stations. It also offers Airit, an initiative for unsigned Indigenous musicians.
APRA AMCOS has 87,000+ members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. They license organisations to play, perform, copy, record or make available their members’ music, and distribute the royalties to their members.
ARIA is a national recording industry association representing the interests of its members, ranging from small “boutique” labels to medium size organisations and very large companies with international affiliates.
The Australian Screen Association (previously known as the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft) represents the film and television content and distribution industry in Australia. They seek to advance the business and art of film making, increasing its enjoyment around the world.
ASDACS represents directors – film, television and all audiovisual media directors of works in public release – in collecting the rights and entitlements that arise from the success of their work around the world.
The Australian Society of Authors is the peak professional association for Australia’s literary creators. Their website provides a guide to minimum hourly rates and conditions for book illustrators.
ASTRA is the peak body that represents the subscription television industry in Australia.
The Australian Writers’ Guild is the peak industry body representing writers for stage, screen and radio and has protected and promoted their creative and professional interests for more than 50 years.
BoardConnect provides services designed to support the boards of non-profit organisations in Australia. Their focus is in the arts and cultural sector and it is the first ongoing governance support service available to the arts.
CAAMA was founded in 1980 to expose Aboriginal music and culture to the rest of Australia from its Alice Springs media centre. CAAMA plays a major role in the maintenance of Indigenous languages and culture by the use of radio and television.
CCLI issues licences and distributes fees for the use of Christian music and film resources by churches.
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.
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.
CMST provides services, forums and facilities to support the development of the Tasmanian contemporary music. Musicians and music industry workers who become members of CMST have access to a wide range of opportunities across Tasmania
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.
Craft ACT’s Craft and Design Centre provides a unique service to craft and design practitioners and audiences in Canberra and the region. Craft ACT has been delivering quality cultural programs and recognises the ongoing need of Canberra craft and design artists to have access to: a professional exhibition program; professional development opportunities; promotion and commercial services and; advocacy on behalf of the sector.
Craft Australia is the peak national advocacy organisation for Australian contemporary craft and design. It actively promotes and provides access to Australian contemporary practice through advocacy, communication and research.
Craft Victoria fosters creativity, experimentation and professionalism in contemporary craft and design. The organisation enhances awareness of Australian craft and design at state, national and international levels. As a membership based organisation, Craft Victoria provides support for established and emerging practitioners through professional development and promotional services.
Craftsouth develops and promotes South Australian craft, design and visual art, with particular emphasis on the professional practitioner.
Desart is the Association of Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Centres. Its mission is to support Central Australian Aboriginal artists and art centres working together in a vigorous, ethical Aboriginal arts industry.
The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) is Australia's professional membership body for designers and design businesses. The DIA provides members with information on fee and salary conditions in the design sector.
Designed Objects Tasmania is Australia's longest running design collective.
IP Australia’s new resource, the Dream Shield project, features intellectual property (IP) success stories and tips for Indigenous inventors, designers and business owners. The Dream Shield project shows real examples of how to protect and grow your IP.
The Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages and Culture is the national body for community based Indigenous language programs in Australia.
The aim of Film Victoria’s Locations Gallery Indigenous Map is to easily coordinate a consultative process between filmmakers and Victorian Indigenous groups. This map enables filmmakers to easily identify and contact specific Aboriginal groups to facilitate discussion surrounding areas of cultural sensitivity.
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.
IRCA is the peak body and resource agency for Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RMIO’s), which in turn represents over one hundred fifty remote and very remote communities that broadcast television and radio Australia-wide.
IGEA is an industry association representing Australian and New Zealand companies in the computer and video game industry. Its mission is to advance the interactive games & entertainment industry.
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.
Music NSW is a not profit association which aim is to represent, promote and develop the contemporary music industry in New South Wales.
Music NT represents and develops the NT music industry. It offers to its members support in form of office access (computer, photocopier, telephone, directories), advice on touring, recording, promotion, performance opportunities and access to a wide range of resources.
Music Rights Australia is an organisation that protects the creative interests of artists within the Australian music community through educational initiatives, government lobbying and the protection of artists’ copyrights.
Music Victoria supports the growth, participation and development of the Victorian contemporary music industry. In all its activities, it aims to add value to music makers.
The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is the national peak industry body representing and advancing the professional interests of the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector.
It provides advocacy, sets best practice standards and offers a range of services to the sector.
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is the nation’s living archive – collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage.
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.
Object is one of Australia’s leading centres for craft and design. Object hosts exhibitions, runs educational activities and creates design publications.
Free publications to help employees and employers understand their rights and obligations under NSW industrial legislation. Has information about registering as an agent.
PPCA issues licences for the broadcast, communication and public playing of recorded music (sound recordings) and music videos. Its members are Australian recording artists and record labels.
All States and territories have a government Public Trustee office which provides will drafting services. There are usually some fees attached to these services either up front or when the estate is administered if the Public Trustee is appointed the executor.
Q Music develops and represents all sectors of Queensland music industry. Q Music provides a wide range of services to artists and other music professionals such as workshops, resources, assistance and advice services, careers support.
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.
Screen Australia is the key federal Government direct funding body for the Australian screen production industry. Its functions are to support and promote the development of a highly creative, innovative and commercially sustainable Australian screen production industry.
Screen NSW aims to stimulate creative and business opportunities in the screen industry. Screen NSW has a leadership role in promoting partnerships across the sector and providing "more than money" in connecting individuals and organisations, providing information through regular industry events, and supporting a vibrant and informed screen community.
SPAA is the industry body that represents Australian independent film and television producers on all issues affecting the business and creative aspects of screen production. SPAA members include television, feature film, animation, documentary, TV commercial and interactive media production companies as well as services and facilities providers such as post-production, finance, distribution and legal companies.
Screenrights is a rights management and royalty collection service for rights holders in film and television. It administers statutory licences that allow educational institutions (school, TAFE or university) and governments to copy material from radio and television.
ScreenWest is Western Australia's screen funding and development agency, committed to working in partnership with the screen industry to develop, support and promote film, television and digital media production in Western Australia.
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.
Songlines is an Indigenous music corporation which aim is to preserve and promote Aboriginal music. It proposes different services and facilities to Indigenous musicians such as performance opportunities, professional support and recording studio.
Terri Janke is a leading international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property. Terri Janke and Company's website links to useful publications.
The Push is a youth entertainment organisation. It provides information and support to young people in Victoria who wish to stage alcohol and drug free entertainment or to develop a career in the music industry. The Push has strong associations in the music industry.
TEABBA provides operational support for the 29 remote Indigenous broadcasting units in Aboriginal communities across the Top End.
UMI Arts is the peak Indigenous arts and cultural organisation for Far North Queensland. Its mission is to operate an Indigenous organisation that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in the maintenance, preservation and protection of cultural identity.
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.
Viscopy is the visual arts copyright collecting society. It licences the copyright in artistic works for its members, who are Australian and international visual artists and copyright owners.
WAM aims to develop the contemporary music industry in Western Australia. It assists in generating an environment where more Western Australians are able to sustain music industry careers.
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.
Word of Life International acts as an agent of owners of copyright liturgical music to provide copyright licences, collect royalties and otherwise facilitate the availability and use of religious music by churches, schools, and other religious organisations in the South Pacific basin.