NAVA regularly undertakes active campaigns to bring about important changes or to pioneer new policies for the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector.

Warakurna Superheroes #5, 2017 © Tony Albert, David C. Collins, Kieran Smythe-Jackson / Copyright Agency, 2019.

Warakurna Superheroes #5, 2017 © Tony Albert, David C. Collins, Kieran Smythe-Jackson / Copyright Agency, 2019. 
Invest in Artistic Courage

Why Campaign?

Campaigning includes many forms of action including providing expert advice to politicians, their advisers and departments at all levels of government where appropriate. It can involve writing letters and submissions in response to government inquiries and providing advice and feedback to arts funding authorities. This advice is based on research and consultation with other experts and close contact with and knowledge of the sector.

NAVA conducts surveys and industry roundtables, forms action groups and develops alliances with other key experts, provides media comment, and stimulates informed debate through public forums and online platforms.

Your participation is a vital ingredient. You should add your voice to NAVA’s campaigns and help us make important changes. NAVA puts out calls to action and co-ordinates the participation of its members and others in the visual arts community to express your views and join campaigns at strategic moments. In doing this, together we are building the strength of the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector and enriching the lives of all Australians.

First Nations


Gabriel Nodea at NAVA's Future/Forward

Gabriel Nodea, Chairman of Warmun Art Centre WA with Esther Anatolitis at NAVA's Future/Forward 2018. Photo Zan Wimberley.

One of NAVA’s current policy priorities as set out by its Strategic Plan 2018-20 is a commitment to self-determined approaches to First Nations best practice in contemporary arts.

Let’s listen to our nation’s Elders. Let’s listen to the Referendum Council. Let’s embrace the Uluru Statement and enshrine a First Nations voice – not only in the constitution, but in all key decision making.

Ambitious and Fair

Advocacy, Policy, Action

Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson  Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017

Tony Albert, David C Collins and Kieran Smythe-Jackson, Warakurna Superheroes #5 2017 (detail), archival pigment print on paper, 100 x 150cm

Art is powerful, challenging and inspirational – and yet, Australia’s artists work under increasingly precarious conditions, and their rights are increasingly under threat. 

We need the voice of the artist to inform, invigorate and inspire the national political conversation.

And – equally importantly – we need the national political conversation to inform, invigorate and inspire our artists. 

NAVA's current strategic focus is to advocate the ethics, negotiate the partnerships and secure the commitments that make the NAVA Code of Practice the enforceable standard across the contemporary arts industry.


National Arts and Disability Strategy Consultation

Emily Crockford in front of her collaborative work with Rosie Deacon, 2018.

Emily Crockford in front of her collaborative work with Rosie Deacon, 2018. Studio A. Document Photography.

The Meeting of Cultural Ministers (MCM) has agreed to renew the National Arts and Disability Strategy for 2019. 

The goal of the National Arts and Disability Strategy is to maximise the opportunities for people with disabilities to experience full inclusion in cultural life. It aims to improve access to and participation in the arts by people with disabilities. 

NAVA submitted a response to the consultation. 

Nearly 700 individuals and organisations participated in the consultation, including NAVA. 

A second consultation period on a draft of the renewed Strategy will run in late 2019, and the final Strategy will be released in 2020.

Gender Equity

Research, Policy and Action

Sabella D'Souza

One of NAVA’s policy priorities is that gender disparities in fees, opportunities and representation are overcome through policy and regulation. 

We need to keep a close focus on those steps between decision-making and discrimination so that we can make a difference exactly where it counts. And in doing so, we need to recognise that the steps between decision-making, discrimination and harassment are not always great leaps. They’re part of an insidious continuum of behaviour. And this behaviour will no longer be tolerated.

Charities and Advocacy

Advocacy work under threat


Recently proposed legislations threaten to significantly curtail the public advocacy permitted of registered charities.

Intellectual Property

Artists and Designers

Copyright logo

NAVA asserts that it is fair for artists and designers to be entitled to control the use of their intellectual property.

NAVA plays an important role in advocating for the protection of artists' and designers' economic and moral rights both in law and in practice. Over its history NAVA has frequently taken action on behalf of artists whose IP is used without their consent or who come under duress to waive the right.

Art Education


SCA Archibald Protest 1

Ensuring good educational opportunities in the visual arts is one of NAVA’s central concerns. Art education in the national curriculum, and at tertiary level are key to reaching this objective.

Federal Budget

Arts Funding

No vision for the arts

Since the arts funding cuts began from 2013, NAVA has continued to protest the necessity for the Federal Government to demonstrate a genuine commitment to Australian cultural development by ensuring the stability and financial viability of the whole system. 

National Arts Policy

NAVA's Recommendations

Let's change arts policy

NAVA’s policy priorities are reviewed and updated annually. Our vision is for a comprehensive approach to arts policy bolstered by clear and enforceable industry standards. 

States and Territories

Advocacy, Policy, Action

Esther Anatolitis at NAVA's Let's Do This, Melbourne 2018. Photo by Daniel Gardeazabal.

NAVA's responses to various state government actions.