Indigenous Education Program Reaches Remote Regions


Indigenous communications co-ordinator and legal officer Patricia (Trish) Adjei,  travels more than 5,000 kilometres every year to deliver an Indigenous education program to remote regions in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia.

Trish, a Torres Strait Islander and Ghanaian woman, gave presentations and information resources to more than 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists across seven states and territories in 2013-14 alone.

In her sessions, artists receive information about copyright, the Resale Royalty Scheme, licensing, Wills, Indigenous cultural intellectual property rights and the Copyright Agency’s grants program, the Cultural Fund.

“Some Ngaanytajarra elders at Warakurna and Warnarn communities have been painting for over a decade,” Trish says.

“Their works are really valuable and could potentially generate income for their families through copyright licensing and resale royalties.

“Our program helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists access royalties they are entitled to, which can go on to support their families even after their passing.”

In addition to face-to-face meetings, Copyright Agency l Viscopy works in partnership with local art centres like Warakurna Arts and Papulankutja Arts in Western Australia and Mimi Arts and Djilpin Arts in the Northern Territory and Arts Law on the ‘Artists in the Black’ wills project, and participates in larger industry forums like the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair Textiles Forum, Our Mob, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and the Desertmob Industry Lounge.

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