News from December 2011
Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission
1st December 2011

This information sheet provides an overview of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) and some of the consequences of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit organisations Commission Act 2012 (Cth) (ACNC Act) for arts organisations that are ‘not-for-profit’ organisations that meet the legal definition of being a ‘charity’. The ACNC Act came into force on 3 December 2012.

This information sheet could be relevant to any institution or organisation that is a public library, public museum or public art gallery or an Indigenous Art Centre or any ‘not-for-profit’ organisation, where that institution or organisation satisfies the legal test of having a charitable purpose that is for the public benefit.In the 2011-12 Budget the Australian Government announced a range of measures reforming the Not-For-Profit (NFP) sector, including the creation of the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC).


Australia’s Health 2012 Art Competition
23rd December 2011

Arts Law has recently become aware of a competition with some unfavourable terms and conditions for artist entrants, and would like to inform artists of the  consequences of these unfavourable terms and conditions so you can make a more informed decision about whether you wish to enter or not.


Safeguarding Cultural Heritage - The Case of the Sacred Wandjina
20th December 2011

Delwyn Everard, Senior Solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia discusses the challenges Aboriginal communities face in protecting their cultural heritage.