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Australian policies and protocols

In addition to international policies and protocols there have been significant Australian policies and protocols which support greater recognition of Indigenous cultural rights including the following:

  • In 2001 the National Association for the Visual Artists (NAVA) introduced Valuing Art, Respecting Culture: Protocols for working with the Australian Indigenous Visual Arts & Craft Sector. This document sets out protocols to guide non-Indigenous people in their relationships with Indigenous artists and communities, and also to assist Indigenous artists to define their rights.
  • In 2003 Community Cultural Development NSW published the first Indigenous protocols for Western Sydney titled ‘Respect, Acknowledge, Listen: practical protocols for working with the Indigenous Community of Western Sydney’.
  • The ABC’s Message Stick has an Indigenous protocols website (http://www.abc.net.au/message/proper/default.htm) which aims to assist journalists, filmmakers, producers and documentary makers to understand the importance of abiding by Indigenous protocols. This website also lists a variety of other resources on Indigenous protocols.
  • Message Stick has also produced its own protocol as a guide to help bridge the gap between the needs of journalists and the customs of Indigenous people (‘Cultural protocols for Indigenous reporting in the media’ available at http://www.abc.net.au/message/proper/culturalprotocol.pdf).
  • The Australian Film Commission is currently working on a protocol which establishes a framework to assist and encourage recognition and respect for the images, knowledge and stories of Indigenous people as represented in documentaries and drama (including short dramas, feature films and television drama). The protocol will include principles for working on Indigenous content and working with Indigenous people and Indigenous communities. It will include sections on copyright law and related legal issues; case studies; information for Indigenous communities on their rights and obligations when working on film projects; information for non-Indigenous filmmakers working with Indigenous subject matter; a general contacts directory; and a resource bibliography.
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