Eunice Napanangka Jack in the studio, photo by Dr Chrischona Schmidt/Ikuntji Artists

Getting a Fair Go

In order for you to know what is fair you need to fully understand what’s on offer (the terms of the deal).

As well as understanding the terms of the deal, you have the right to access transparent information from dealers you are working with about who gets what percentage in the deal (a breakdown of the entire ‘money story’).

Other important things to remember are:

  • You have a right to negotiate
  • You have a right to ask for the deal in writing.
  • You have a right to access independent legal advice.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists can become members of the Code free of charge by signing up here.

If you are an artist who would like more information or help joining the Code Indigenous Art Code on +61 438 637 862 or email

If you are an artist who does not currently have your own website, the Indigenous Art Code can create a profile for you on our website so people have a way to find out about you, your work and can contact you.

IartC promotional poster, featuring artwork by Kalkadoon woman Bree Buttenshaw aka Little Butten.

Tjanpi Toyota / Artists: Tjanpi Desert Weavers from Papulankutja, WA (Blackstone Community): Kanytjupayi Benson (dec.), Shirley Bennet, Nuniwa Donegan (dec.), Margaret Donegan, Melissa Donegan, Janet Forbes, Ruby Forbes (dec.), Deidre Lane, Elaine Lane, Freda Lane, Janet Lane, Jean Lane, Wendy Lane, Angela Lyon, Sarkaway Lyon, Angkaliya Mitchell, Mary Smith, Gail Nelson. Tjanpi Toyota. 2005. Photo by Thisbe Purich. ©  Tjanpi Desert Weavers, NPY Women’s Council.

Other organisations and services that can help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists:

Arts Law | Artists in the Black

Part of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Artists in Black can help artists with legal issues including wills, contracts and agreements. MORE

Copyright Agency

Copyright Agency can help you with licensing your artwork on merchandise and other products, and helping you register for Resale Royalty. MORE


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has information on artists’ rights and unconscionable conduct, a video on how to avoid scams and contacts for advice.

Good art good deal
Unconscionable conduct in the Indigenous art and craft sector