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Joint submission in response to a new National Cultural Policy

Finishing the modernisation of the Copyright Act 1968, recognising and protecting Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and equitable access to Australia’s cultural heritage should be priorities for the new Cultural Policy.

A joint submission by us and the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) to the Office for the Arts in response to the consultation on a new National Cultural Policy. The new policy uses Creative Australia, the national cultural policy launched by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013, as a starting point.

In our joint submission we argue that three main issues be included in the scope of the policy’s priorities:

  • That the piecemeal approach to Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) be addressed through recognition of ICIP and a First Nations-led process for designing specific ICIP protection mechanisms, including legal and regulatory instruments, as well as nonlegal options such as Protocols and industry practices.
  • Passage of the Copyright Amendment (Access Reform) Bill 2021 to continue the government’s commitment to modernising Australia’s copyright laws.
  • Removing barriers to equitable access to Australia’s cultural heritage collections materials through updates to our outdated copyright system that limits how users can reuse collections materials and curtails libraries, archives and cultural institutions ability to do their work.

The submission is available to read online as a Google Doc or can be downloaded in the following formats: PDF, Microsoft Word (DOCX) or Open Document Format (ODT).