Research into the Indigenous visual arts sector will help safeguard this First Nations creative industry.
5 August 2021

The Productivity Commission will undertake a study into the nature and structure of markets for authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual arts and crafts and policies to address deficiencies in these markets.

This will pave the way for a stronger Indigenous visual arts sector and support ethical trade.
The review will:

  • Examine the nature and structure of the different parts of the domestic and international markets including authentic and inauthentic products.
  • Identify deficiencies and barriers in the markets and how they affect artists and other stakeholders.
  • Assess costs, benefits, governance arrangements, risks, practicalities and implementation challenges of any policy responses.

The study is part of the Government's tabled response to and implements a recommendation of the House of Representatives Report on the impact of inauthentic art and craft in the style of First Nations peoples.

The Productivity Commission will consult broadly, particularly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations, and will hand down its final report by the end of 2022.

The terms of reference are available on the Productivity Commission's website.

Image: Bana Yirriji Art Centre earth pigment workshop 2021, Bana Yirriji Artists Betty Sykes painting Karrangkal (Coral reef). Copyright Bana Yirriji Art Centre. Photo Edwina Circuitt.

Read more