27 November

Senate inquiry into the Indigenous Visual Arts and Crafts Sector

Arts Law made a submission to the inquiry of the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Committee into Australia’s Indigenous Visual Arts and Crafts Sector.

The inquiry's terms of reference considered the size and scale of Australia's Indigenous visual arts and craft sector; the economic, social and cultural benefits of the sector; the overall financial, cultural and artistic sustainability of the sector; the current and likely future priority infrastructure needs of the sector; opportunities for strategies and mechanisms that the sector could adopt to improve its practices, capacity and sustainability, including to deal with unscrupulous or unethical conduct; opportunities for existing government support programs for Indigenous visual arts and crafts to be more effectively targeted to improve the sector's capacity and future sustainability; and future opportunities for further growth of Australia's Indigenous visual arts and craft sector, including through further developing international markets.

All submissions can be viewed on the Government's website. The outcomes of the inquiry will be reported on 22 March 2007.