Copyright, intellectual property, collaboration, and cultural protocols

Intellectual property (IP) refers to inventions of the mind, including copyright, designs or patents. Patents, trademarks and designs require registration to exist whereas copyright automatically exists when a work is produced. Copyright protects the original expression of ideas, not the ideas themselves.
In general, artists working in schools must pay particular attention to aspects of IP arising from the work you bring to, and complete during projects. Legally, any art work produced in the course of a residency or workshop where the artist is employed or contracted by the school is owned and copyrighted to the Government of Western Australia, through the Department of Education.
However it is recommended that prior to work commencing, the school and the artist(s) and/or arts and cultural organisations in residence negotiate conditions for the release of IP and copyright of the art work produced, including all photographs of the art work or students at work, video, websites and all other documentation to the artist or organisation after the residency/workshop/activity has concluded.
When preparing a budget for any other artist-in-residence school project, schools and artists may need to consider costs for licence fees for the use of any images, music or other intellectual property created by third parties.
Artist-in-residence projects which include collaboration with others such as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must appropriately consult with all relevant parties. It is the responsibility of the school and artists to ensure that this is done and in a manner suitable to those with whom you are collaborating.

For more information:
Example artist-in-residence copyright, intellectual property permission and project agreement information kit  (Word / PDF)

What do schools have to think about when using third party material in and out of the  classroom? 

Summary sheet here, or find out more at Smartcopying: the Official Guide to Copyright Issues for Australian Schools and TAFE.
Department of Education
Manager Intellectual Property and Copyright
Tel: (08) 9264 5023
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Culture and the Arts (WA)
Senior Policy Officer, Cultural Programs
Tel: (08) 6552 7300
Australian Copyright Council
Tel: (02) 9318 1788
Arts Law Centre of Australia
Tel: (02) 9356 2566 
Toll free 1800 221 457
Creative Commons
Creative Legal (Arts and Entertainment law firm)
Tel: (08) 6363 5778
Nothing Beats the Real Thing
A multimodal online resource for investigating aspects of copyright and film and TV piracy in Australian Secondary Schools.
Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation
IPAF is an initiative of the Australian film and television community aimed at promoting the benefits of screen copyright and the legal accessing of film and television content.
Images of children and young people online
Online resource produced by the Australian Government.
Open Education Resources Toolkit
The National Copyright Unit in association with the Australian Government Open Access and Licensing Framework resource for teachers, curriculum and eLearning developers.