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Art market professionals and resale royalties

Art market professionals – auctioneers, dealers, galleries and others in the business of dealing in artworks – have legal obligations under the artists' resale royalty scheme. They are:

  • liable (with the seller) to ensure royalties are paid on certain resales
  • obliged to respond to requests for information about resales from Copyright Agency

The scheme requires sellers, or their agents, to report all commercial resales for $1,000 or more (whether or not a royalty is payable) to Copyright Agency within 90 days.

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Paying royalties

A royalty is payable on a resale if:

  • the seller was not the owner of the work on 9 June 2010
  • the sale price (including GST) was $1,000 or more
  • the artist is from Australia or a reciprocating country
  • if the artist has died: 
    - it was less than 70 years go; and
    - there is a beneficiary or estate with a connection to Australia.

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