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About the artists resale royalty scheme


Under the artists resale royalty scheme:

  • commercial resales of artworks must be reported; and
  • a 5% royalty is payable on some resales.

The Australian government has 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;
  • a royalty is not payable on the first change of hands after 9 June, but all resales must be reported;
  • a royalty is not payable on resales for under $1,000;
  • From 31 March 2024, the scheme extends to artworks from 17 countries that have similar schemes.

About Copyright Agency


Copyright Agency is a non-profit organisation that has been managing rights for artists, publishers and other creators for 50 years.


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