Working artists face a wide range of issues including copyright, payment, working conditions and income.
Because employment law differs between the different States in Australia, working artists need to make sure they refer to specific information in each State.
Artists who are employees must be aware that in certain cases, copyright in the works they create belongs to the employer. This is the case if works are produced as part of the employment (or of an apprenticeship). This situation can be changed if the employee and the employer make agreement contract that says that copyright belongs to the employed artist.