To stay at the forefront of protecting Australia’s cultural property, we have updated the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 2018.
The regulations protect cultural material bought in Australia or overseas, ensuring that cultural objects, such as artworks and historical artefacts, are bought, sold or imported legally. The 2018 Regulations have been revised to adopt some of the recommendations and principles of the Review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act by Shane Simpson AM.
These regulations support the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986. The main update relates to the National Cultural Heritage Control List, which outlines the type of material that may require an export permit. The price threshold on some objects has also been increased to reflect current values. The full list of updates are reflected in a detailed Explanatory Statement.
Australia is part of the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970, which aims to protect and safeguard the world's cultural heritage.