Law and Policy Reform

Arts Law is a trusted advocate for artists’ rights and we recommend changes to the law to benefit the arts sector. Our goal is to improve the rights of artists and their access to justice. We also aim to ensure recognition and better protection and respect for Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.

As Australia’s only community legal centre for the arts we are in a unique position to connect the arts world and legal community. Arts Law’s powerful voice comes from our experience working with Australian artists for over 38 years.

Some of our current advocacy projects include:

The ‘Fake Art Harms Culture’ campaign was created to address the concern of widespread sale of works that have the ‘look and feel’ of being Indigenous but actually have no connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Get involved in the Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign

Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch of terms and conditions in prizes and competitions for artists in Australia and overseas and gives those terms and conditions a rating out of 5 stars.

Find out more about our prize and competition reviews

Latest news about Law and Policy Reform

What to Know About the WA Stolen Wages Settlement

The Western Australian Government settled a legal claim that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who worked in Western Australia for little or no wages between 1936 and 1972.

Beware Copyright Phishing Scams

Artists and arts organisations are particularly vulnerable to copyright infringement phishing scams – so be careful!

Arts Law’s AI Submission

In July, Arts Law conducted a survey to understand how artists and creators are using AI and the potential impacts on Australian creators. 

Standing Together for Stand-Alone Legislation

IP Australia have released the final report of the Scoping Study on Stand-Alone Legislation for Indigenous Knowledge; to which Arts Law, Copyright Agency and Indigenous Art Code wrote a submission late last year.

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