Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program

Launch of Tjanpi Lampshades in partnership with Koskela 2012. Photo credit: Anson Smart. Copyright Koskela.

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program

The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program aims to support and develop professional Indigenous arts practice, and build a stronger Indigenous visual arts sector.

From 2015-16, the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program will:

  • continue to fund the operations of Indigenous-owned art centres and industry service organisations that support the production, promotion and marketing of Indigenous visual art
  • provide funding for art centres to employ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts workers, previously supported through the Indigenous Employment Initiative
  • be delivered through one funding agreement where possible to reduce reporting and enable recipient organisations to liaise with one program management team in the Ministry for the Arts.

For more information about the IVAIS program, see the Frequently Asked Questions page or email ivais@arts.gov.au.

The Australian Government’s coordinated approach to developing the Indigenous visual arts sector is outlined in the Indigenous Art Centre Plan.

Relevant Policies

  • Indigenous Art Code
    The Indigenous Art Code is an industry-led voluntary code of conduct that promotes fair and ethical trade between art dealers and Indigenous visual artists.
    The need for a code of conduct for the Indigenous visual arts industry was identified by the Senate Inquiry report into the Indigenous visual arts and craft sector.
    The Code is administered by Indigenous Art Code Limited (IartC), a public company established to manage the Code for the Indigenous visual arts industry. The Australian Government provides operational support for IartC through the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program.
  • Resale Royalty Scheme
    Established under the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009, the Scheme commenced on 9 June 2010. Under the Scheme, artists are eligible to receive five per cent of the sale price when their original works are resold commercially for $1000 or more.

Photo source:

Left photo:Launch of Tjanpi Lampshades in partnership with Koskela, 2012. Photo by Anson Smart. Copyright Koskela
Right photo: Eunice Porter and tjanpi minyma outside Warakurna Women's Centre.