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Authors, illustrators, and editors will be compensated for e-book and audiobook library borrowings for the first time, in a move by the federal government to bring lenders’ rights into the 21st century.
The Audience Outlook Monitor tracking study has provided the arts and cultural sector with crucial insights regarding behaviours and sentiments of arts audiences over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. It continues to bring timely and essential data and trends on audience sentiment and trends to support planning and decision-making for arts and creative organisations.
The federal government has established its First Nations Digital Inclusion Advisory Group to close the digital divide for First Nations Australians.
The Australian Government is investing over $4 million towards a pilot program that will establish 11 place-based partnerships between Indigenous language centres and local service delivery partners in health and early childhood education. This pilot study will consider languages as a cultural determinant of engagement with services such as mental health and wellbeing facilities, employment opportunities and child care.
The Australia Council acknowledges the findings of the Productivity Commission report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts and Crafts. The report underscores the value of First Nations visual arts and crafts to Australia’s culture and economy; and highlights the need to strengthen protections for First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property to address the impact of inauthentic products. The full report is available on the Productivity Commission website.
The Australia Council has today released a summary of research that examines the role of culture in the gender pay gap for artists. The report Culture and the Gender Pay Gap for Australian Artist was prepared by David Throsby, Katya Petetskaya and Sunni Y. Shin from Macquarie University. The latest research shows female artists with a first language other than English experience even greater levels of disadvantage in the remuneration they receive for their creative work. The summary and full report are now available online.