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Indigenous materials - Conditions of use

This material depicts Australian Aboriginal people or aspects of their culture.

Copies may be printed or saved for personal research or study. Use for any other purpose requires written permission from the State Library of South Australia.

The Library endorses and has adopted the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for Libraries, Archives and Information Services. It was also a contributor to the National Policy Framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library Services and Collections and the associated National and State Libraries Australasia Position statement on Indigenous intellectual property and ownership. The purpose of these is to guide the development of library services and collections for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Although copyright law applies to works with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content in the same way as it applies to other works, there may be additional legal and cultural issues, for instance because the work includes secret or sacred information, or cultural information obtained and/or distributed without consent.

Customers wishing to publish archival material with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander content should apply via the usual permission to publish process.
Ordering copies from our collections

Once copyright status and any donor restrictions have been assessed, there is a procedure for deciding whether a customer will also have to seek a cultural clearance for the use of the material from the relevant Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community, family, individual or organisation . Should cultural clearances be required, the Library will assist the customer to understand the process involved in meeting this obligation.

Further information


Allow up to two weeks for the assessment of a permission to publish request. Please note that if consultation with members of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community is required, then you should allow a longer period to obtain this. Upon receipt of payment, allow up to three weeks for the completion of a copy order, with a permission to publish request.

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