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With the National Cultural Policy launching before the end of this year, it is time to amplify our voices. Contact your political representatives to let them know why decent fees and wages matter to you.

The Federal Government’s plans to boost wages and job security through the ‘Secure Jobs, Better Pay’ Bill will do little for artists and arts workers. Without a legislated award for the visual arts, craft and design sector, most artists and arts workers will miss out on any increases to wages gained through enterprise bargaining and award processes.

National Association for the Visual Arts has drafted an email template below you can use as a starting point and send to


Dear Minister Burke and Minister Templeman,

I am writing to urge you to establish an award for the Visual Arts, Craft and Design sector and boost arts funding in the new National Cultural Policy. 

Without an award rate for the visual arts, craft and design sector, most artists and arts workers will miss out on any increases to fees and wages gained through changes under the ‘Secure Jobs, Better Pay’ Bill.

Legislating a minimum wage for visual artists and arts workers will help me to meet the rising cost of living and continue my work and practice.

I support NAVA’s priorities for inclusion in new National Cultural Policy: 

  • Establish an industrial award for the visual arts, craft and design sector that includes standard entitlements as recognised under the national workplace relations system. 
  • Invest in a First Nations Workforce Development Fund and boost Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) funding for First Nations arts organisations, peak bodies, and support agencies to service urban, regional and remote communities across all states and territories.
  • Invest an additional $133 million for independent visual artists and small to medium organisations through the Australia Council and increase four year funding to support at least 200 small-to-medium arts organisations. 

I’m urging you to back up your commitment to recognising visual arts, craft and design practitioners as workers by legislating minimum wage for our sector and boosting arts funding.

Thank you,

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