Legal Advice

Arts Law gives legal advice to artists and arts organisations all over Australia on a wide range of arts-related legal and business issues. Such matters include contracts, copyright, moral rights, trade marks, business names and structures, defamation, insurance and employment. In order to be fair to all artists who seek our services we operate on a queue system. Arts Law can only accept legal queries through our website.

Due to funding shortfalls and a rise in demand, Arts Law is temporarily suspending our legal advice services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will keep this page updated with new information regarding the re-opening of the service. If your query is related to copyright you may wish to contact the Australian Copyright Council for assistance. If you have already logged a query we are dealing with all queries in the order we received them. Please be aware that there are currently experiencing lengthy delays in the turnaround time for legal advice but we will keep you posted via email as to the status of your query. Please check this page for updates to our legal advice service.

By subscribing to Arts Law you will have access to benefits such as discounts to our education seminars and publications (including sample contracts and agreements), access to our document review service legal advice as well as invites to our subscriber only events and more. Read more about the benefits and how to subscribe.


If we are unable to offer you legal advice ourselves we can refer you to a private lawyer for assistance. We are also able to refer you to suitable accountants and insurers if that’s what you need.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Arts Law can arrange alternative dispute resolution to assist you in resolving your dispute with another party. To find out more click here.

Best Practice

In certain circumstances we may be able to advise arts organisations, local councils or other agencies who work with artists about making their artist contracts fairer. We call this ‘Best Practice’ advice. For more click here.

Other Useful Organisations

For our list of useful organisations click here.

Want to know more about how we help artists?

For more information about eligibility and guidelines for our services, please click here.