Australian Plays Transform (APT) is Australia’s national play development, publication and licensing organisation. It hosts the world’s largest online showcase and searchable database of the best Australian playwriting. APT seeks new voices for new times, develops plays that change the national story, links them to production, publishes them, promotes them, and licenses them for future productions here and around the world.
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) promotes and protects the professional interests of Australian literary creators. The ASA sets minimum recommended rates for authors and illustrators and provides information about minimum recommended terms for contracts for writers and illustrators.
The Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) is the professional association for all performance writers, writers for television, screen, theatre, radio and multimedia. The AWG gives access to legal and contractual advice, provides a script development registration service and a script assessment service. The AWG offers professional courses and publications.
The Big Issue magazine is a fortnightly, independent magazine sold on the streets by people experiencing homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage. The Big Issue is timely and topical, and loved by readers for its distinctive brand of irreverence. The magazine has something for everyone: vendors’ stories, celebrity profiles, culture, commentary and in-depth social justice investigations all feature in its pages.
The Copyright Agency is a not-for-profit copyright collecting society that manages the right of authors and publishers to reproduce their work. Their mission is to secure fair payment to authors and publishers for the copying of their works while providing users with a legal and practical way to meet their copyright responsibilities.
Operated by Thorpe-Bowker, the ISBN Agency provides International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) to publishers and distributes guidelines for their use. ISBNs are essential for books, whatever format they are published in. The Agency can also provide barcodes.
Legal deposit is a statutory provision that obliges publishers to deposit copies of their publications in libraries in the country in which they are published. Under the Copyright Act 1968 and various State Acts, a copy of any work published in Australia must be deposited with the National Library of Australia and the appropriate state library. Legal deposit extends not only to commercial publishers but also to private individuals, clubs, churches, societies and organisations.
The National Library of Australia is the country’s largest reference library. It ensures that documentary resources of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people, as well as significant non-Australian resources, are collected, preserved and made accessible. The Library also has programs of exhibitions, lectures, printing and publishing, and online events and services. Please see the website for further details.
The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) is an annual gathering of young writers. A place to show work, share ideas, and learn. NYWF programs are free, and made by and for young writers who create across stage, page, web and beyond. Returning in 2021 with a hybrid model – retaining a digital program that will exist alongside the usual festival which takes place across the October long weekend in Newcastle, NSW.
Formed in 1991 to promote romance writing in Australia, and to help aspiring authors achieve publishing success. Supports over 700 members including writers from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States and the United Kingdom. RWA has become internationally recognised and respected by both category and mainstream publishers of romance.
Screen Australia is a Federal Government agency charged with supporting Australian screen development, production and promotion. Screen Australia was established under the Screen Australia Act 2008 and from 1 July 2008 took over the functions and appropriations of its predecessor agencies, the Australian Film Commission (AFC), the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) and Film Australia Limited.
Sisters in Crime (SINC) Australia grew out of a shared interest in women’s crime writing. Members are writers, publishers, students, academics and booksellers but most are enthusiastic readers and viewers of women’s crime on the page and screen. Discounts are offered at regular events as well as a 10% discount at selected bookshops. Its website features news, reviews, details of events and competitions and member-only sections for event reports and blogs.
Arts Law is the national legal centre for the arts. We provide practical legal advice and more to artists across all sectors. Legal advice is free or low-cost depending on enquiry. Sample agreements, checklists, guides and information sheets, are sold or available on our website. We present workshops and seminars on key legal issues impacting on creative practice and play a key advocacy role regarding issues facing Australian artists.
Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) members include: writers and editors, freelancers, medical practitioners and those working in public relations, medical communications and the pharmaceutical industry. AMWA offers a website, freelance register, e-newsletter, email service, an annual conference, annual AMWA Award, and a Professional Development Program. AMWA keeps members informed and provides networking and education opportunities.
Australia Council for the Arts is the Federal Government arts advisory and funding body. New Work, Publishing and Residencies and Fellowship categories offer grants to published Australian writers. Accepts projects in these genres: fiction (adult, young adult and children), literary non-fiction, poetry and writing for stage, radio and new media. Minimum publication and performance requirements apply. See the Australia Council Support for the Arts Handbook on website for more details.
Aims to improve the quality of indexing in Australia and New Zealand; to promote the training, professional development, status and interests of indexers; to act as an advisory body on indexing to which authors, editors, publishers and others may apply for guidance; and to establish relationships with other bodies with related interests.
The Australian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) brings together writers, teachers, students, and editors. Membership is open to anyone with a professional involvement in the teaching of writing, primarily tertiary. The AAWP aims to represent the interests of creative writing teachers and students by providing a forum for discussion and publication. It runs conferences and publishes an online refereed journal, TEXT, containing critical articles, reviews, interviews and creative work.