Closing the Gap - Strengthening Australia's Indigenous visual arts industry - additional funding

Closing the Gap - Strengthening Australia's Indigenous visual arts industry - additional funding

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

Key Elements

The Australian Government will invest $9.9 million over four years to deliver increased funding for Indigenous art centres and to support the implementation of an Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct.

The investment in these measures delivers on key elements of the Australian Government’s 2008 response to the Senate Inquiry into the Indigenous visual arts sector. This package will make an important contribution to the sector’s future viability – building its capacity through strengthened operational support for art centres and, for the first time, supporting measures to strengthen ethical dealing across the sector.

Background

The measure will deliver additional operational funding for Indigenous art centres of $2.3 million per annum from 2009-10, rising to $2.5 million in 2012-13, through the National Arts and Craft Industry Support (NACIS) Program. 

Indigenous art centres are the backbone of the Indigenous visual arts industry. Supporting strong art centres provides improved opportunities for Indigenous Australians to generate income within their communities, especially in remote Australia. Enhanced economic participation plays an important role in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The funding will provide expanded support for art centre operations, improving staffing, training and support for art centre employees, and helping art centres retain and attract key staff.

Funding of $0.6 million over three years will support the implementation and monitoring of the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct. This funding will provide appropriate support for the Code’s Administration Committee and deliver national promotion of the Code’s aims and its operation.

The introduction of a voluntary commercial code of conduct for the Indigenous visual art industry was a cornerstone recommendation of the 2007 Senate Inquiry into the Indigenous visual arts, which recognised it as important to the ethical and sustainable development of the industry.

Implementation

Additional operational funding for Indigenous art centres will be delivered through the NACIS program. Funding for implementation of the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct will be managed by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts to support an Administration Committee for the Code and for education and awareness raising activity.

Total Government Funding

This $9.9 million package delivers increased funding for Indigenous art centres and art support organisations ($2.3 million per annum growing to $2.5 million in 2012-13); and $0.6 million over three years to 2011-12 to support the implementation and monitoring of the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct.

Content Updated: 31 May 2012