Online consultation sessions to shape new laws that protect against fake First Nations art and culture

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and relevant stakeholders are invited to attend online sessions to shape new laws to protect First Nations art and culture, including to address the harm caused by fake art, merchandise and souvenirs.

Taking place on 3, 14 and 26 June, the three online sessions build on a series of 43 face-to-face consultations recently held in 38 locations across Australia from March to May this year.

The sessions provide an opportunity for people, including those who were unable to participate in the face-to-face consultations, to share their knowledge, views and experiences on protecting First Nations art and culture.

A 2022 Productivity Commission report found more than half of all purchased merchandise and souvenirs with First Nations art and designs are inauthentic or are made without permission from Traditional Owners – causing detriment to First Nations artists, communities and culture.

Patricia Adjei, a Director at the Office for the Arts, said public feedback received so far had been incredibly valuable, with insights on a range of areas.

“It’s been great to go out across the country and meet with so many members of the community. These contributions will inform and shape this important legislation.

“If you were unable to attend a face to face session or would like to contribute additional thoughts, we encourage you to join an online session or send in your submission via email.”  

The development of the legislation is a commitment under Revive, the National Cultural Policy, and will be developed through a First Nations-led process – ensuring any solution will be informed by and addresses the needs of First Nations people.

To find out more, register to attend an online session or send a submission, visit:

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