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About the artists resale royalty scheme

The artists' resale royalty scheme started on 9 June 2010.

Under the scheme:

  • commercial resales of artworks for $1,000 or more must be reported; and
  • a 5% royalty is payable on some resales.

The Australian government appointed Copyright Agency  to manage the scheme.

Key features of the scheme:

  • it applies to resales of existing as well as new works;
  • it applies to a range of original artworks, included limited edition prints authorised by the artist;
  • it does not apply to a private sale from one individual to another;
  • all resales for $1,000 or more must be reported;
  • a royalty is not payable if the seller aquired the work before 9 June, 2010;
  • a royalty is not payable on resales for under $1,000;
  • a royalty is not payable if it is more than 70 years from the end of the year in which the artist died;
  • the scheme will be extended to artworks from countries that have similar schemes.

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Post-Implementation Review

On 23 December 2019 the Australian Government released the 2013 Report for the Post-implementation Review of the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Act 2009 (the Act) and the Resale Royalty Scheme. The report analyses the first three years and four months of the Act and the Scheme, providing a valuable snapshot into its implementation and early operation.
A copy of the review can be found at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.

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