This social media policy applies to all CAW members and their use of the CAW social media platforms.

CAW currently has a Facebook page, a blog, and also two Instagram accounts where images of members’ artworks have been and continue to be posted from time to time.


This policy is intended to provide clarity to CAW members on how to conduct themselves when using CAW social media tools. It also informs them of their responsibilities when using CAW’s social media tools. It also encourages members to find a voice and presence in CAW’s social media tools, while protecting the interests of the CAW.


Social media tools are defined in this policy as all online media where a CAW account has been created to allow CAW member participation and interaction including but not limited to:

  • blogs
  • wikis
  • forums
  • social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram
  • media sharing sites, such as YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud.

Social media tools include sites that provide:

  • instant messaging
  • social bookmarking
  • social curation
  • collaborative editing.


    The term ‘post’ in this policy refers to any shared or created content put on social media. This could be a post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, a message on Skype or content created and edited on Wikipedia.

    As a minimum, artworks posted by CAW members on CAW social media accounts should contain the artists’ name and title of the work.

    It is preferable for other information to be included, e.g. creation date, description and media used.

    Work: Jane Smith, “Landscape in ACT” 1982, Captures view of ACT at sunset in winter. Media: watercolour on watercolour paper.

    CAW members who do not wish to have their artworks posted on CAW social media accounts should inform their art group conveners both verbally and via email that they wish to “opt-out” from having their works posted on CAW social media accounts.


    Inappropriate use of CAW social media includes, but is not limited to:

    • conducting private business
    • using discriminatory, defamatory, abusive, or otherwise objectionable language in content
    • accessing, downloading, or transmitting any kind of sexually explicit material, violent images including graphic images of blood or gore (without medical purpose)
    • accessing, downloading, or transmitting information on the use and construction of weapons, explosives, and other tools of violence or terrorism
    • accessing, downloading, or transmitting any material deemed to be illegal under ACT or Australian Commonwealth law
    • accessing, downloading, or transmitting hate speeches and overt racism; material extolling the inherent or moral superiority or inferiority of a particular race, ethnic group, or sexual orientation; racial epithets; or religious bigotry
    • compromising the privacy of any person
    • using services for personal political purposes
    • attempting to gain unauthorised access to the computing resources of other organisations
    • disruption of the integrity of the CAW’s data or information services.


    CAW members who participate in online communication using CAW social media accounts which are not consistent with this policy will have their post removed from such an account and be asked in writing to stop posting such communication in the first instance. If they persist, their membership will be revoked.


    Potential risks that may arise from CAW member’s inappropriate use of social media include

    • Could breach CAW Constitution
    • Could plagiarise or breach copyright/Creative Commons conditions when using or repurposing material
    • Could put social media to an inappropriate use
    • Could bring the CAW’s brand and reputation into disrepute
    • Represent a personal political view as that of the CAW
    • Represent themselves as someone else either within the CAW or outside of the CAW
    • Could make promises or statements regarding the CAW’s operations which are not true.