Helpful organisations

Arts Law Centre of Australia

The Arts Law Centre of Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, is the national community legal centre for the arts. It provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation to artists and arts organisations across all art forms.

The Arts Law Centre of Australia has a specialised Indigenous service, Artists in the Black. Artists in the Black aims to increase access to advice and information about the legal rights of Indigenous artists and organisations in a culturally appropriate way thanks to the help of Indigenous staff.

Australian Copyright Council

The Australian Copyright Council is an independent, non-profit organisation. Its mission is to advance the arts and the creative industries in Australia by promoting the value of copyright.

Terri Janke and Company

Terri Janke is an Indigenous lawyer who has published numerous useful publications on ICIP some of which are listed on the ICIP information sheets page.

World Intellectual Property Organisations (WIPO)

WIPO has a Traditional Knowledge section which has been working on a range of ICIP programs including:

Ninti One Ltd (formerly Desert Knowledge CRC)

Desert Knowledge CRC was a research institution which focused on creating useful outcomes, with commercial application for desert people, communities and partners.

Indigenous Law Centre University of NSW

Provides links to resources on Indigenous art and the law.

IP Australia

IP Australia is the federal government agency that grants rights in patents, designs and trademarks.

Dream Shield
IP Australia’s new resource, the Dream Shield project, features intellectual property (IP) success stories and tips for Indigenous inventors, designers and business owners. The Dream Shield project shows real examples of how to protect and grow your IP.

UNESCO's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

In addition to the development of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UNPFII has examined the issues of protection of Indigenous traditional knowledge through work of special rapporteur Michael Dodson.

UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage section

UNESCO has developed the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and provides usefgul resources relevant to the convention including a kit on intangible cultural heritage.