How to tell if an Aboriginal artwork is authentic

Have you thought of buying Indegenous artwork? Here’s some advice to make sure you get the genuine article and support Indigenous artists:


Another way to tell is if their name appears up in lights at the ACCC :wink:


$2.3M penalty for fake Indigenous Australian art

26 June 2019

The Federal Court has ordered Birubi Art Pty Ltd (in liquidation) to pay $2.3 million for making false or misleading representations about products it sold in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

In October 2018, following action by the ACCC, the Federal Court found that Birubi falsely claimed that products it sold were hand painted by Australian Aboriginal persons and made in Australia when that was not true.

Birubi supplied almost 50,000 boomerangs, bullroarers, didgeridoos and message stones to retail outlets across Australia between July 2015 and November 2017.

These products featured images, symbols and designs associated with Australian Aboriginal art and words such as ‘Authentic Aboriginal Art’, ‘Hand Painted’, and ‘Australia’, but were all made in Indonesia.

They are also ordered to pay costs … I wonder how much of a penalty will actually be extracted …


Absolutely nothing as they did not prosecute the director who is still happily trading.