Protocols for working with Indigenous Artists

While works by individual artists are protected by copyright, there are often no legal rights around the broader reproduction and use of Indigenous cultural heritage material. That is where the Australia Council for the Arts’ protocol guides come in.


These five guides written by Terri Janke in 2007 spell out clearly the legal as well as the ethical and moral considerations for the use of Indigenous cultural material. They can help people do the right thing. These guides recognise that in Indigenous Australian communities the artist is a custodian of culture, with obligations as well as privileges.


The five guides in the suite are Media arts; Music; Performing arts; Visual arts; Writing

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All professional photography is by Jamie James at James Photographic Services.

The painting  'Ancient Tracks and Waterholes' (2019) by Rene Kulitja has been used under license in the firm photographs on the TJC website homepage, staff profiles, careers and services pages. See Maruku Arts for more work by Rene Kulitja.

The visual artwork ‘Freshwater Lagoon 1’ by Lisa Michl Ko-manggen has been used under license in some photographs and videos. See Cape York Art for more work by Ko-manggen.

The painting ‘My Country’ by Bibi Barba has been used under license in some photographs and Law Way videos. Visit her website to see more.

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