Code of Practice Revision Discussion Papers

In consultation with Terri Janke and Company, Accessible Arts and RMIT School of Art, NAVA has developed three discussion papers since the Code consultations in June and they are now available for your review and comment. This first set of papers are on: 

  • Awards, Prizes and Competitions
  • Residencies and Studios
  • Workshops and Education

Feedback is open until 7 December 2020.

For more information on the Code of Practice, see below or go to Revising the Code of Practice: A Collaborative Plan.

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Discussion papers

These discussion papers form part of Stage 3 of the methodology. The purpose is to initiate discussion and feedback that will inform the drafting process. The discussion papers are in survey format with space for text responses. You can view all the text and questions before responding.

What is NAVA’s Code of Practice?

The Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts, Craft and Design Sector (the Code) provides a set of best practice, ethical guidelines for the conduct of business between arts practitioners and arts sector employers in the Australian visual arts sector.

The Code is relevant to: 

  • visual artists, 
  • craft practitioners, and 
  • designers

As well as: 

  • galleries, 
  • agents, 
  • dealers, 
  • retailers, 
  • buyers, 
  • sponsors and partners, 
  • commissioners, and 
  • managers of residencies, studios and prizes.

The Code provides guidance on best practice contracts and equitable business practices.  

Why is NAVA revising the Code?

The Code was first published in 2001. While the Code has undergone a number of incremental revisions, so much has changed over the last two decades and this resource is now out-of-date and out-of-step with current legal, social, virtual and economics conditions. A series of 2019 consultations revealed there was great demand from artists and organisations for a full revision and expansion of the Code in order to provide a timely, trusted, accessible resource and best-practice reference for the contemporary arts sector. 

What is the methodology?

Stakeholder engagement is essential to designing a Code that will be practical and useful for the sector. NAVA is proposing to deliver this comprehensive, new Code of Practice via a ten-step process:

1: Focus group to develop map for the new Code structure   

2: Industry consultation meetings online

3: A series of discussion papers are prepared in partnership with RMIT School of Art, Terri Janke and Company, and Accessible Arts. The papers are distributed to the industry for feedback. Each discussion paper has a specific focus area and will be staggered to allow time for consideration and conversation; 

4: NAVA will convene a First Nations working group, accessibility advisory group, dedicated focus groups for each section of the revised Code, and a broader sector group to synthesise and validate processes; 

5: Further consultation and feedback based on review of the discussion papers;

6: New sections for the Code will be co-authored and shared with the industry for feedback;  

7: Artists and designers are commissioned to develop visual material for the new Code;

8: Establish a plan for regular revisions and review of content in order to ensure longevity and continued relevance;

9: Final edit of the Code together with design and layout;

10: The new Code will be launched in 2022 via a campaign to build awareness for implementation and pro-active adoption of the new standards by artists, organisations, institutions and policymakers.