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Legal advice

The resources below can assist you to negotiate a fair contract, protect your intellectual property and avoid litigation.

You can also contact Writers Victoria for assistance.

Arts Law Centre of Australia

Arts Law provides legal advice and information on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters including contracts, copyright, business structures, defamation, insurance, employment and taxation to artists and arts organisations across all art forms.

You will find many helpful resources on the website. Click here for sample agreements, information sheets, articles, case studies, checklists, guides, seminar papers and books relating to writing, which all help to better protect and promote yourself.

If they are unable to help you, Arts Law provide a referral service to recommend a suitably qualified lawyer.

Tel: 1800 221 457
Email: artslaw@artslaw.com.au
Website: Link

The Gunnery
45–51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Australian Copyright Council

The Australian Copyright Council publishes over 80 information sheets on their website concerning a range of copyright matters. The Council may be able to provide information about issues raised in an enquiry, if you’ve read the relevant information on their website and were unable to find an answer.

Tel: 02 8815 9777
Email: info@copyright.org.au
Website: Link

PO Box 1986
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Australian Society of Authors (ASA)

The Australian Society of Authors primarily covers prose writers and provides members with quick and inexpensive contract advice.
The website has a list of contract FAQs. ASA also have a number of informative documents on contracts (although you’ll need to pay, unless you’re a member), and provide a contract assessment service.

Tel: 02 9211 1004
Email: asa@asauthors.org
Website: Link

Suite C1.06
22–36 Mountain Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

Australian Writers Guild

The Australian Writers' Guild represents writers for film, television, radio, stage and multimedia. It gives free contract and other legal advice to members.

Tel: 1300 552 228
Fax: 02 9281 4321
Email: admin@awg.com.au
Website: Link

8/50 Reservoir St
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Writers Victoria

Writers Victoria
Level 3, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, the Wheeler Centre
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: 03 9094 7855
Fax: 03 9650 8010

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm