The material on this website is provided for general information only, and on the understanding that Artbank and the Australian Government are not providing professional advice on a particular matter.
The material may include the views or recommendations of third parties, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government, or indicate a commitment to a particular course of action.
This website contains information that is intended to enhance the accessibility of the Artbank collection. In addition, errors or omissions can occur in the preparation of web pages. Therefore, before relying on the material, users should independently verify its accuracy, completeness, relevance for their purposes and that it is up-to-date.Before any action or decision is taken on the basis of any material on this website the user should obtain appropriate independent professional advice.
Links to other websites are provided for the user’s convenience and do not constitute endorsement of material at those sites, or any associated organisation, product or service.
Users of this website are also directed to our Privacy Statement directly below.
This policy applies to personal information collected by Artbank. It was last updated in May 2017.
Artbank is bound by the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988, including the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). The APPs set out standards, rights and obligations for how we handle and maintain people’s personal information. This includes how we collect, store, use, disclose, quality assure and secure personal information, as well as your rights to access or correct your personal information.
You will generally be able to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym when interacting with us. However, it may not always possible for this to occur—for example, when we assess your eligibility for a program or service, or when we are authorised or required to deal with you as an identified individual. We will inform you if you are unable to remain anonymous or use a pseudonym when dealing with us.
Our Personal Information Handling Practices
We will not give your personal information to other government agencies, private sector organisations, or anyone else unless you consent or one of the following exceptions applies:
Disclosure to overseas recipients
We may need to provide your personal information to an overseas recipient as part of our work. Wherever appropriate, we will ensure that we either have your consent or that your personal information is not identifiable. In some cases this will not be possible or appropriate, such as when our administrative or legislative functions require that we become involved in a law enforcement matter such as a criminal investigation. We may also disclose your personal information to recipients overseas under international agreements that relate to information between Australia and other countries.
If we are unable to seek your consent to provide your personal information to an overseas recipient, or it is impractical to do so, we will only provide your personal information to an overseas recipient if we are allowed to do so under the Privacy Act.
Quality of Personal Information
The Privacy Act requires us to take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we hold is safe and secure. We are also required to take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information that we collect is accurate, up-to-date, and complete. This may include correcting your personal information where it is appropriate to do so.
We aim to protect your personal information from loss, unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure, and against other misuse. Among other things, we safeguard our IT systems against unauthorised access, and ensure that paper-based files are secured. We also ensure that access to your personal information within our systems is only available to our staff who need to have access in order to do their work. If a data breach occurs, such as if personal information that we hold is subject to unauthorised loss, use or disclosure, we will respond in line with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s Data breach notification—A guide to handling personal information security breaches. We will aim to provide timely advice to you to ensure you are able to manage any loss—financial or otherwise—that could result from the breach.
When the personal information that we collect is no longer required, we delete or destroy it in a secure manner, unless we are required to maintain it because of a law, or court or tribunal order. This situation might arise where the Archives Act 1983 requires that we maintain your personal information because it is, or forms part of, a Commonwealth record. We are also required to maintain records for certain other purposes, including where the National Archives of Australia issues a disposal freeze in response to prominent or controversial issues or events. More information on current disposal freezes is available from the National Archives of Australia website.
Accessing and Correcting Your Personal Information
You have a right to access personal information we hold about you. You also have a right under the Privacy Act to request corrections to any personal information that we hold about you if you think the information is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading. It is also possible to access and correct documents held by us under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act). In some circumstances we will suggest that you make your request for personal information under the FOI Act. This is because:
Find out more information about how to make a request under the FOI Act on the Freedom of Information page. You can also make a request by emailing email@example.com.
When we can refuse a request for access or correction
The Privacy Act sets out circumstances in which we can decline access to or correction of personal information. This includes situations where we are authorised or required to refuse access. Generally, where we refuse to give you access, we will give you written notice of the reasons for refusal and the mechanisms available to you to dispute that decision.
How to Contact Us
The FOI Coordinator
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Call: 02 6271 1277
We will respond to your complaint or request promptly if you provide your contact details. We take all complaints seriously and are committed to a quick and fair resolution. We will not take the fact that you have made a complaint into consideration when we perform any of our other functions or activities. We will not charge you to access your personal information. However, there may be a charge involved for us to process a request under the FOI Act that goes beyond a request for personal information.
You may also make a complaint to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). If you do so, the OAIC may recommend that you try to resolve your complaint directly with us in the first instance. The OAIC can be contacted on 1300 363 992 or via the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner website. The website also contains further information about making complaints relating to privacy.
What Happens When You Visit Our Site
Protecting your privacy online
The Department of Communications and the Arts is committed to protecting privacy online in accordance with the Guidelines for Federal and ACT Government Websites issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. While every effort is made to secure information transmitted to this site over the internet, there is a possibility that this information could be accessed by a third party while in transit.
When you visit this site, our server logs the following information:
A cookie is an electronic token that is passed to your browser which passes it back to the server whenever a page is sent to you. Our server generates one cookie. It is used to keep track of the pages you have accessed while using our server. The cookie allows you to navigate back and forwards through the web site and return to pages you have already visited. The cookie exists only for the time you are accessing our server.
In addition to web server logs, this website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. Reports obtained from Google Analytics are used to help improve the efficiency and usability of this web site. Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’ to help analyse how users use this site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
Search terms you enter when using our search engine are collected, but are not associated with any other information that we collect. We use these search terms to ascertain what people are looking for on our site and to improve the services that we provide.
Interaction between this site and other sites
This site contains links to other sites. This website may also use social sharing tools to make it easy to share information—for example, incorporating Facebook tools, so that users can ‘Like’ content. These other sites may use web measurement tools, customisation technologies and persistent cookies to inform the service they provide to their users.
Artbank is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these sites. We do not use, maintain or share personally identifiable information made available through social media sites including Facebook and YouTube. You should consult the privacy policies of these sites for further information.
The text, images and all data (‘the content’) of the Artbank website are copyright. All content published on this website is copyright and appears with the permission of the artists and copyright holders. Artworks from the Artbank Collection appearing on this website have been reproduced under the Statutory Government License outlined in section 183 of the Copyright Act, 1968.
The content of this website may be used:
All other uses of the content of this site require Artbank’s permission and permission of the copyright owner (where applicable). Applications for authorised use must be made to:
PO Box 409
Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 2 9697 6000
Any authorised use must ascribe to the following conventions:
You may not use the content for any purpose other than as specified above without the express written consent of Artbank.
The content of this website (or any part of it) may not be:
Contravention is an infringement of the Australian Copyright Act 1968.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander warning
Artbank respectfully advises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this site may include images of artistic, cultural or intellectual property that may be of a sensitive nature. All efforts have been made to ensure that restricted works are not included.
Our security responsibilities
We will ensure that:
Artbank and the The Department of Communications and the Arts’ ICT security practices and procedures are guided by whole-of-government standards and guidelines including the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM) and the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF).
Increasing your safety online
Protecting your computer
Other steps you should take help protect your computer include:
This website has been designed and constructed to ensure that:
Documents that can be downloaded from this website are available in both Portable Document Format (PDF) and in other formats. To access PDF documents, you need PDF reader software. AGIMO has published a list of PDF reader software programs that are available for free download. People who use speech readers may also need to access the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center to be able to read the content of PDF documents.
If you are having difficulty accessing any of the information on this website please contact us and we will arrange for the information to be made available to you in a more suitable format.
Navigating with a keyboard
If you are not using a mouse to navigate our website, you can navigate on the keyboard by using the TAB and ENTER keys:
To select a link, use the TAB key + ENTER.
To go back, press the SHIFT key + TAB. To browse forward, press the TAB key.
Help and comments
We are working towards accessible online documents. If you are having difficulty accessing any of the information on this website or would like to send us your comments please contact us.
Acquisitions for the Artbank Collection
The Artbank collection is dynamic, representing and promoting contemporary art from Australia, rather than a ‘museum’ collection. Balancing broad representation, excellence, new and emerging art practice and rentability are key factors when considering artworks for acquisition. The selection criteria that all artworks must meet to qualify for purchase are:
1.1 Be produced by a living Australian artist:
a) To be classified as Australian artist, the artist must be either:
i. born in Australia;
ii. an Australian citizen;
iii. in Australia as an approved temporary resident for a minimum of two years, and/or
iv. a permanent resident of Australia.
b) The artist may be living in Australia or overseas as long as at least one of the above stated criteria are demonstrable.
c) Where the artwork is produced by an artist collective or collaboration, no less than fifty percent of the contributors must meet the criteria 1.1.a).
1.2 represent outstanding artistic achievement within the artist’s practice.
1.3 represent a high standard of artistic achievement within contemporary Australian art practice
1.4 be purchased on the primary market.
1.5 be appropriate for potential rental through the art leasing scheme, including:
a) being appropriate for display in public spaces.
b) being in intrinsically sound condition and reasonably resistant to deterioration in the routine operations of Artbank including display, packing and transportation.
1.6 For work produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, consideration must be given to ensuring appropriate professional and ethical practices in the industry are supported, taking into account relevant government policies and best practice principles for the purchase of Indigenous art.