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The following resources may be useful in operating an arts business.

Organisational structures and starting an arts business

Australian Business Register
Register for an Australian Business Number (ABN), update details or cancel your ABN

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Provides information that will help you to decide on a business structure.
A comprehensive index of information for business, including getting started, registering your business and planning.

Business planning

Business Tasmania
Business Tasmania offers industry and small business advice and assistance regarding how to start, run, and grow your business.

DIY - Development Impact & You
A simple toolkit for innovation and development containing 30 practical tool worksheets, guidelines and case studies.

Mind Tools - SWOT analysis
An effective technique for understanding your strengths and weaknesses, and for looking at the opportunities and threats you may face.

Budgeting / finance - help sheets
Excellent resource for community groups on financial management and banking.


Arts Law
A national community legal centre for the arts that provides legal advice, services and sample contracts.

Australia Copyright Council
Information, advice and training about copyright in Australia.

Australian Tax Office – arts industry ruling
This ruling by the Australian Tax Office recognises the arts industry as a legitimate profession. This website provides arts practitioners with important definitions and guidelines about how arts practice is now recognised under the Income Tax Act.

IP Australia
Australian Government organisation providing legal information and registration material for trademarks, patents, designs and intellectual property.

Not for profile law information
Legal information for community organisations.

Dedicated visual artists' copyright agency that licenses the copyright in artistic works and pays the artist or copyright owner a royalty for the reproduction of their work. Membership is free with no annual fees.

World Intellectual Property Organisation
An agency of the UN that deals with copyright, patents, trademarks, designs and also develops laws governing these areas.


Artsource MAX membership is only available to individual practising artists and combines a comprehensive public liability insurance package with the Artsource PLUS membership.

Dancesurance International
Dance and performing arts insurance for artists, teachers, students, associations and more, including public liability, property, accident and other insurance and information.

Duck for Cover
A not-for-profit association that exists to provide low cost public liability and personal accident cover for performers.

National Association for the Visual Arts
Professional membership offers visual artists, craft or design practitioners cover for public liability, products liability, professional indemnity extension, tenant's liability and property in custody or control insurance, all in one package.

Regional Arts Victoria
Membership is open to practicing professional artists (working for profit) who have an ABN. Members can choose to take out Public Liability Insurance at an additional yearly charge for $10 million or $20 million cover for practice throughout Australia.