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Cultural Policy


Respect for Aboriginal culture and social conventions is an essential part of our relations with Aboriginal people and in the information we provide through our Website or newsletter.

As an expression of that respect, we have developed a set of principles and practices to guide the operation of our Web site. These principles are based on those adopted by the Australia Council in its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Policy and the Code of Practice of the Australian Indigenous Art Traders Association.

Aboriginal Art Online respects and acknowledges

  • the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of Australia and the essential connection between arts, culture, land, sea and customary law in their society
  • the diversity and richness of indigenous culture and society
  • the rights of indigenous peoples to own and control their cultural and intellectual property

In its actions, Aboriginal Art Online will

  • work toward offering high quality contextual information in association with artists and community authorised bodies
  • treat all artists or community organisations fairly and ensure equitable and timely returns to artists or their community organisations
  • deal honestly and with integrity with the public, artists, art dealers and other industry organisations
  • refuse to deal with anyone who violates Indigenous copyright or improperly appropriates Indigenous imagery
  • provide accurate information about the authorship and provenance of any work offered for sale

Many of the concerns of Aboriginal people about protecting their culture have been set out in the important ATSIC report "Our Culture, Our Future". Wherever possible, Aboriginal Art Online will act in a spirit of respect and cooperation in its dealing with indigenous communities or individual artists.



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