The Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme provides legal protection for cultural objects on loan from overseas lenders for temporary public exhibition in Australia.

How it works

Who can apply
Borrowing institutions, including museums, galleries, libraries and archives, established by Commonwealth, state or territory law can apply. Borrowing institutions may also apply, if eligible, to be prescribed in Regulation.
When to apply
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Funding available
N/A

Program Information

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About The Program

The Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme provides legal protection for cultural objects on loan from overseas lenders for temporary public exhibition in Australia.

This protection is often called 'immunity from seizure and suit'. It limits the circumstances that lenders, exhibiting institutions, exhibition facilitators and people working for them can lose ownership, physical possession, custody or control of objects while on loan to an approved Australian institution.

As a borrowing institution, you must demonstrate that you have the necessary expertise, rigor, capacity and resources to meet the responsibilities established by the scheme.

Once approved, objects that you import for temporary exhibition will automatically be protected for up to two years from the date they are imported into Australia. Institutions are approved for up to five years.

How to apply

Read the guidelines to find out more information or apply to become an approved borrowing institutions by using the application form below.

Contact

The Program Officer
Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6271 1889
Email: ProtectionofLoans [at] arts.gov.au

Approved borrowing institutions

The following borrowing institutions have been approved by us under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013 for the period specified for each institution.

Name of Institution Dates of approval Conditions of approval
National Gallery of Victoria 19 May 2015 to 18 May 2020 No conditions
National Museum of Australia 19 August 2015 to 18 August 2020 No conditions
Western Australian Museum 23 November 2015 to 22 November 2020 No conditions
Art Gallery of New South Wales 29 March 2016 to 28 March 2021 No conditions
South Australian Museum 24 August 2016 to 23 August 2021 No conditions
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences 24 August 2016 to 23 August 2021 No conditions
Queensland Museum 2 December 2016 to 1 December 2021 No conditions
Museums Victoria 26 June 2017 to 25 June 2022 No conditions
Australian Museum 11 August 2017 to 10 August 2022 No conditions
Queensland Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art 13 August 2017 to 12 August 2022 No conditions

Relevant Documents

Guidance for lenders—Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan

Published 21st Aug 2017

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The Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013 establishes a scheme to protect cultural objects on loan from overseas from seizure whilst in Australia for temporary exhibition.

Relevant Documents

Protection of cultural objects on loan scheme guidelines

Published 21st Aug 2017

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The Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013 supports the future of international cultural exhibitions in Australia. It establishes a scheme to protect Australian and foreign cultural objects on loan from overseas for temporary public exhibition. This legislation addresses a significant obstacle that Australia’s major cultural institutions have faced in securing international loans and aligns Australia with an emerging international standard to provide protection for those loans.

Relevant Documents

Protection of cultural objects on loan application form

Published 23rd Aug 2017

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Please read the Australian Government’s ‘protection of cultural objects on loan scheme guidelines’ before completing this application form.

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