Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 20, 2024


APY Art Centre Collective

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().6 February 2024).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Arts has advised:

The APYACC Review Panel (the panel) comprising Megan Krakouer, Cameron Costello and Anne Sibree examined current and historical allegations made against the APYACC including that:

staff intervened in the artwork of Indigenous artists connected to the APYACC;

efforts were made to conceal this activity;

APYACC was not supporting culturally safe work practices; and

sought to assess management practices and terms of engagement for artists.

The terms of reference for the APYACC Review Panel was a publicly available document.

The terms of reference directed that the panel review the allegations and operations of the APYACC and determine whether any matters should be the subject of investigation or regulatory action by another body.

The panel assessed the allegations made against the APYACC and found that matters of governance and management practice should be referred to Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) and has also referred consumer protection and contracting matters to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

We are committed to supporting Aboriginal artists across South Australia to share their art with the world and ensuring their cultural heritage is respected and that culturally safe workplace practices are in place.

It's been a very tough time for the industry and it's important to remember that there was no suggestion that artists are at fault. As the review has been completed and referrals have been made, I trust that the industry can move forward. It has a very bright future and our government will continue to support First Nations artists to share their art with their world.