AAA, a pioneer in the field of copyright administration for Aboriginal artists, was incorporated in 1976 as a direct result of the National Seminar on Aboriginal Arts held in Canberra May 1973. At this gathering of over 400 stakeholders the inaugural meeting of the Aboriginal Arts Board of the Australia Council endorsed the concept of an agency to collect royalties and fees due to Indigenous artists under the existing Copyright Act (1968).
Over the ensuing years AAA has distributed over $1.5 million directly to individual artists. These days its activities are centred around licensing the work of established painters and their estates from Central Australia although it does work on behalf of artists across the country.
A list of artists under licence may be obtained by emailing:
The company receives no subsidy and is staffed by volunteers.