Labour standards and practice

Wages and fees update for the 2009 NAVA Code of Practice 2009

Client:  NAVA - National Association for the Visual Arts

Artists are rarely covered by formal wage-setting instruments such as awards because they are generally not classified as employees. In the absence of legally-binding minimum pay rates set by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, community standards as to what constitutes fair and reasonable pay have not evolved for artists as in many other sectors. Artists, and employers and buyers of their work, are also often poorly informed about what artists do and should earn. This report develops a schedule of pay rates for four broad categories of work in the arts sector - studio artists, public artists, artists in the 'new economy' and independent curators - through a benchmarking exercise against jobs of comparable worth covered by formal wage setting regulations.