Indigenous Arts Code
The Indigenous Art Code is a voluntary system set up by the Australian Government to preserve and promote ethical trading in Indigenous art.
The Code supports the rights of Indigenous Artists by establishing a set of standards for commercial dealing and providing a benchmark for ethical behaviour.
Dealers who are Code signatories have agreed to comply with the Code’s ethical standards in their dealings with Indigenous Artists and with art buyers. They may display the Code logo and apply Code certificates to artworks to demonstrate this commitment.
While the Code is voluntary it has been developed by the industry and has a robust legal framework to enforce ethical standards.
Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara artists participated in developing the Indigenous Art Code and endorse this Code.
The Indigenous Art Code has a special website that explains the role of the Code for artists and art dealers. It's called Code World.