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First Peoples

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Discussion paper

In 2018, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs published their report on the impact of inauthentic art and craft in the style of First Nations peoples.

On 2 September 2020 the Australian government tabled its response to the Committee's report. The Australian government will use feedback from the national consultation to develop a National Indigenous Art Visual Action Plan. This Action Plan comes at a time when the industry is considering the full long-term effects of COVID-19.

Key findings:

  • The Australian government recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art is an important way for Indigenous Australians to tell stories, share culture, understand and explore Country and history, build community, and drive economic opportunities. This year, the Australian government is developing an Action Plan.
  • Indigenous art makes a large contribution to the economy. Australia’s Indigenous tourism has an estimated value of $5.8 billion annually, catering to 910,000 international visitors and 688,000 overnight domestic trips in 2016.
  • It is difficult to identify at this stage the full impact of COVID-19 on the Indigenous art sector. What is known is that income from sales of artwork has been significantly impacted by the pandemic across all parts of the sector. It will take some time and dedicated effort to rebuild the market to its previous levels.
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