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
National, state and territory borrowing institutions (museums, galleries, libraries and archives) can apply.
When to apply
Applications can be submitted at any time.
Funding available
N/A

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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.

Documents

Guidelines

Application form

Guidance for lenders

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

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