3 July

Getting Up to Speed

Victorian Professional Development Day on Friday 27 July

Presented by: Arts Law Centre of Australia

Co-presented by: Writers Victoria, PILCH Connect, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Auspicious Arts and ABaF.

Supported by: Arts Victoria.

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Do you manage fundamental issues concerning: copyright, artist agreements, auspicing, governance and reporting, online protocols and much more? This vital and informative Professional Development Day addresses and provides resources to handle these arts business topics.

Getting Up to Speed delivers a comprehensive overview presented by senior legal and peak body professionals. Your day includes:

Getting Structured ­ (9:30-11:00am)

  • How to find a structure that suits you, what are the issues.
  • Not-for-profit business structures.
  • Tax implications, DGR and TCC.

Auspicing and auspicing agreements (11:30am-12:30pm)

  • How a group of individuals who are not incorporated can apply for funding.
  • What it means to be auspiced by an incorporated organisation.
  • What are your legal and financial responsibilities?
  • What resources, including agreements, will help you?

Reporting and Governance (1:30-2:30pm)

  • What changes will the new Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) introduce?
  • How will other legislative changes affect the governance of Victorian organisations?

Performers’ agreements (2:40-3:40pm)

  • Agreements for various professional practice relationships, including engaging an agent.
  • Where to access and how to use agreements.

International and online issues (4:00-5:00pm)

  • Copyright and protecting your work online.
  • Licensing and social networking.


Type: Individual sessions or all day.

Cost: $20 per session or $100 for the day.

Venue: Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

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Rebecca Laubi, Senior Solicitor at Arts Law Centre of Australia

Rebecca joined the Arts Law Centre of Australia as a Senior Solicitor in 2007. At Arts Law she found a unique environment combining her interest in law with her passion for the arts. Rebecca practiced as a commercial lawyer in private practice and as in-house counsel for nearly fifteen years in Switzerland before moving to Sydney in 2003. From 2004 to 2007, she worked at law firm Baker & McKenzie while qualifying as a solicitor in Australia.

Rebecca advises in various areas, including contract law, intellectual property, business structures and trade practices. An important part of her work at Arts Law is advising on contracts and drafting sample agreements for artists and arts organisations.

Juanita Pope, Director at PILCH Connect

Juanita Pope is the Director of PilchConnect – a specialist legal service for community organisations. PilchConnect provides free and low-cost, specialist legal help to Victorian not-for-profit groups.

At PilchConnect, Juanita regularly advises not-for-profit clients and delivers training to small community groups on a range of legal issues (eg. incorporation, taxation, legal duties of board members). Juanita has also worked as a lawyer in corporate practice, in the court system and as a researcher in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander legal policy issues. Juanita is a keen supporter of the arts, and was a founding member and is a current committee member of a small not-for-profit theatre company in Melbourne.

Jill Morgan, CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria

Jill Morgan has worked extensively in multicultural and indigenous arts in Australia for over the past 20 years. Jill is presently the Executive Officer of MAV and was previously the Executive Director of Kulcha, Multicultural Arts of Western Australia. She has been an active cultural and community development worker in multicultural arts and has contributed significantly to multicultural arts policy development and strategies locally and nationally. She is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all Australians, including newly emerged communities and the right of all Australians to express and share their cultural heritage through the arts.

Jill has a proven track record in arts management and community cultural project development. She has coordinated many significant and highly successful community cultural development projects. She has worked at the Victorian College of the Arts and has established many significant partners for CALD arts both in Victoria and Western Australia. She has recently overseen the development of Mix It Up a significant partnership with the Arts Centre and Emerge, the community cultural development program at MAV and has worked closely with Anita Larkin, the artists and communities to develop this program. Jill has links to many artists, communities and organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

Nathan MacDonald, Manager, Advice and Referrals at PILCH Connect

Nathan is the Manager of PilchConnect’s Advice and Referral Service.  In his role, Nathan is responsible for facilitating pro bono legal advice for community organisations on a range of compliance and regulatory matters.  Previously, Nathan was a Research Associate with the Federal Court of Australia, after which he moved to a mid-tier commercial law firm.  He joined PilchConnect at the beginning of 2009 and since that time has provided legal advice and face-to-face training to a diverse range of community organisations across Victoria.  Outside of his work with PilchConnect, Nathan is a registered migration agent and provides pro bono legal support to asylum seekers and refugees both in Melbourne and in remote detention facilities.  Nathan was short listed for the Law Institute of Victoria’s ‘Rising Star’ award in 2011.

Joanne Teng, Solicitor at Arts Law Centre of Australia

Jo Teng is a solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia, and previously worked as a lawyer in federal government. Originally from Perth she holds a Bachelor of Law and Arts from the University of Western Australia, and a Masters of Law at the University of New South Wales specialising in media, communications and technology law. Jo has a passion for intellectual property law and the arts and entertainment industries, particularly in regards to the internet, and provides advice on a range of issues from copyright and defamation to websites and YouTube.

John Paxinos, Auspicious Arts

John was the General Manager of the Murray River Performing Group and the Flying Fruit Fly Circus from late 1979 to 1985. Following this he studied full time for two years for an MBA at Monash.

These studies were funded by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council to enable research into business structures for artists and arts organizations. When returning to arts management in 1988 he established John Paxinos & Associates Pty Ltd to provide, financial, management and consulting services to arts organizations. In 1992 he established Auspicious Arts Projects Inc, a not for profit incorporated association that exists to provide a secure management framework for artists to undertake creative developments and productions of new work. Auspicious is funded by the artists who choose to work in partnership with it.

In 2011 John was awarded the Facilitators prize at the Annual Myer Foundation Awards. He used this occasion to formally acquit the funding he received in 1986.