I have always admired and followed Terri Janke and her work on intellectual property and the cultural rights of our mob in the arts sector. I had put off contacting a legal firm to assist me with the legalities surrounding my business needs as I was unsure if they would represent me appropriately. Terri and her legal firm are one that I trust completely and know that as an Indigenous person in business, I am looked after. Terri’s team are professional, prompt and easy to work with and listened genuinely to what my needs were and provided legal agreements that considered my rights and the rights of my clients as well.
Artist and Creative Director
DKA (Desert Knowledge Australia) works with the knowledges and knowledge-holders of the desert and we need to make sure we are correctly articulating and managing IP and ICIP rights. Terri and her team patiently and expertly worked through the important complexities to create a strong, clear ICIP protocol for DKA and now we’re working together to develop our IP Management Plan. Thanks Terri and Anika!
Former Chief Executive Officer
Desert Knowledge Australia
Terri Janke is one of the most respected lawyers working in the country. She has an international reputation for her work on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal issues. Her work has had a significant impact on improving the rights of Indigenous people in Australia.
Professor Larissa Behrendt
Director of Research, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning
University of Technology, Sydney
Terri brings legal know-how, hands-on expertise and tremendous vitality to her work. I have worked with her for more than ten years on intellectual property and Indigenous and cultural property issues. She has authored a pioneering study for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on the use of IP systems by Indigenous communities (Minding Culture), and she is currently a consultant to WIPO in two significant capacity-building projects in the Pacific. Terri has a sharp legal mind and formidable people-skills – it’s always a pleasure working with her.
Head, Traditional Creativity, Cultural Expressions and Cultural Heritage Section
World Intellectual Property Organization (commenting in his personal capacity)
The National Film and Sound Archive can confirm that the services Terri Janke and Company provided in the development of relevant ICIP Protocols met our expectations. As an organisation, we were most pleased with the experience of working with you and your company – the level of competence, the excellent and timely communication and the quality of the advice provided. Both of the projects you worked on – first the ICIP Protocols for the ‘Deepening Histories of Place’ project, and then the NFSA’s own ICIP Principles and Protocols – were successful in their own regard…. and we are most grateful for the contribution your company made to moving this process forward.
National Film and Sound Archive
Thanks to our friends and legal team at Terri Janke and Company Pty Ltd – the Gilimbaa team just had a fantastic discussion regarding preserving rights, integrity and intellectual property of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and their artwork. We love their work and cannot recommend them enough.
Director and co-owner
Terri’s skillful and generous teachings helped us get to grips with the ins and outs of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property. We’re now better equipped to recognise, acknowledge, communicate and protect Indigenous cultural heritage and traditional knowledge. And we know where to start – in conversation with the people to whom it belongs.
Project Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archive (ATSIDA)
University of Technology Sydney Library
We commissioned Terri Janke and Company to assist in regards to a rebranding of the Ayers Rock Resort, by providing advice on a consultation framework, engaging in consultations with key stakeholders and developing supporting documentation and ICIP Protocol. The knowledge, expertise and professionalism they brought to this project was invaluable. They were able to provide good framework and structure to the project. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Terri and Lucinda.
Director of Marketing
Voyages: Indigenous Tourism Australia
I attend many workshops to try to increase my knowledge especially in areas that link to procurement and contract management. As a procurement educator within the Commonwealth Government articulating knowledge in a manner that is clear and understandable for the majority of the participants is a real challenge. Intellectual Property is one of those topics that can test even experienced procurement officers.
The inclusion of the Indigenous Procurement Policy into Government Agency processes means there will be an increase in the engagement of Indigenous businesses providing goods and services to the Commonwealth Government.
Right now there has never been a more important time for government procurement officers to gain greater knowledge of Intellectual Property especially when it comes to Indigenous Cultural issues that will become evident.
Terri Janke’s True Tracks workshop provides this information, knowledge and tools to create an awareness and a way forward to ensure a mutually beneficial outcome for both parties. I recommend this workshop to all Government Officials to help them understand the issues and complexities involved when considering engaging with an Indigenous organisation or community
Assistant Director, Process Simplification, Procurement Policy Branch, Technology and Procurement Division
Department of Finance
Terri was engaged by Telstra to lead our Indigenous engagement agreements for a significant Telstra project. Terri’s professionalism and deep intellectual property expertise delivered an end result that set a new benchmark. Always solutions- focused, Terri’s work is exceptional and her genuine interest to drive great outcomes for her clients and stakeholders makes it a pleasure to work with her.
General Manager, National Indigenous Directorate
We have found that in our association with Terri and Janke and Company the ongoing relationship has not only helped but developed and given us a clear understanding of our intellectual property needs not only now but for the future ahead.
Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council
Our museum greatly enjoyed working with Terri Janke and Company to produce our new Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Protocol. Terri and Anika are very experienced and knowledgeable in law and governance, as well as having a deep understanding of Indigenous culture. They are highly professional, responsible and collaborative. They also provided engaging and effective training for our staff to introduce them to working with the Protocol.