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.
Before completing the application form, we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the purpose and operation of Australia's Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage legislation. Process information can be found on the Department of Communications and the Arts website—http://arts.gov.au/movable/export....
Principal collecting institutions are granted general permits by the Minister of the Arts under Section 10A of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (PMCH Act) to export Class B Australian protected objects that have been accessioned into their collection....
Australia's movable cultural heritage is protected by legislation which controls the export of important cultural heritage objects, so that our irreplaceable heritage is not lost to the nation forever. Not all cultural heritage objects can be exported. Objects subject to export control are of exceptional importance in the development of Australian society and culture. Two categories of material are controlled by the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (the PMCH Act) and include: Class A objects and Class B objects.
The Australian Government has committed more than $140 million over seven years to activities to commemorate the Anzac Centenary, including $4 million for an Arts and Culture Fund. The Arts and Culture Fund will be delivered over four years from 2014–15 to 2017–18.
The Department of Communications and the Arts develops and administers Australian Government programs and policies that encourage excellence in art, support our cultural heritage and provide access to arts and culture. This enables artists and organisations to shape our cultural landscape, increase cultural diversity, and inspire, educate and entertain audiences nationally and internationally.