On 12 December 2012, Arts Law made a submission to the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment in regards to the draft Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2012.
On 29 November 2012, the Social Justice Report was tabled in Federal Parliament.
An advocacy victory for Arts Law and Aboriginal people in WA was achieved on 8 November 2012 with both Houses of Parliament passing a Bill to repeal unfair intestacy laws.
On 2 November 2012 Tasmanian Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister Brian Wightman released the exposure draft of the Aboriginal Heritage Protection Bill 2012 for public comment.
Arts Law is very proud of the hard work and commitment of our team in contributing to the proposed repeal of discriminatory provisions in the AAPA Act.
The Arts Law Centre is a leading advocate for Indigenous artists. Its Artists in the Black service engages in advocacy and casework and has resulted in widespread benefits within the Indigenous art community with the aim of promoting Australian Indigenous art and ensuring copyright and other rights are upheld. Arts Law has advocated for better protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) through its participation at WIPO conferences and ongoing submissions to the Federal government to enact legislative reform on this issue. Arts Law actively participated in the deliberations which lead to the introduction of The Indigenous Art Code recognising that Indigenous visual artists from remote and regional areas are often substantially disadvantaged in commercial negotiations. It has developed best practice standards for businesses and public bodies dealing with Indigenous artists which are promoted through its sample agreements, best practice document review service and educational workshops.
In June 2012 Arts Law submitted to IP Australia a response to their call for contributions to the discussion on the adequacy of protocols to manage ‘Indigenous Knowledge’ or ‘Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property’ (ICIP).
The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) has issued a report At the Heart of Art which is a snapshot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations in the visual arts sector.
As reported in Perth Now issued on the July 5th 2012, “THE WA government plans to repeal 40-year-old legislation that deals with the estates of Aboriginal people in a discriminatory way”.