Protecting movable cultural heritage fact-sheet

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In Australia, national and foreign cultural heritage is protected by our laws. Australian cultural property objects are significant to the nation’s identity. It is important all cultural heritage items are imported and exported legally.

Cultural funding by government 2016–17

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Report prepared by a consultant from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on behalf of the Meeting of Cultural Ministers. Total expenditure funded by government for cultural activities rose by 6% (or $364.5m) between 2015–16 and 2016–17. Expenditure increased across all levels of governments. Data files The following data files may not meet WCAG 2.1 accessibility requirements. Please email swgsecretaraiat [at] ecodev.vic.gov.au for more information. Cultural funding by government 2016–17 (PDF 337kB) Cultural funding by government 2016–17 (XLS 221kB)

Questions and answers—Indigenous Repatriation Program—International

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For more than 150 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains were removed and sent to museums, universities and private collections both in Australia and overseas. They were collected by medical officers, anatomists, ethnologists, anthropologists and pastoralists. At the time of collection, ancestral remains from many Indigenous cultures around the world were highly sought after for scientific research and the value it was believed they added to collections.

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