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Fake Art

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs are holding an inquiry into the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 'style' art and craft products and merchandise for sale across Australia.

Above: The House of Representatives Indigenous Affairs Committee Chair Ms Melissa Price MP discusses the new inquiry.

Fake Art Harms Culture

The Arts Law Centre of Australia, the Indigenous Art Code and Copyright Agency | Viscopy launched their Fake Art Harms Culture campaign in August 2016. The campaign calls for the Government to tackle the problem of fake ‘Indigenous’ arts and craft being sold in Australia, harming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and incomes.

Inquiry into inauthentic Aboriginal ‘style’ art

On 10 August 2017 the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs announced an inquiry into the growing presence of inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 'style' art and craft products and merchandise for sale across Australia. The inquiry was referred by Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion.


The deadline has been extended and written submissions are now due Friday 3 November 2017.


NAVA will be submitting a response to the inquiry and urges the sector to get behind this issue.


The Committee will also be gathering information via two questionnaires.


Follow the links below to:

1. Access the questionnaires and/or the terms of reference and inquiry submission details.

2. Read the Indigenous Art Code's information sheet on how to prepare your submission.


To help make it easier to make a submission to the Inquiry Arts Front has created a submission tool and drafted questions to help you. The submission tool will generate a formatted PDF document which you can submit to the Inquiry via email