Shane Simpson AM finished a review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 in 2015.

How it works

Why we want your input
The review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (PMCH Act) focussed on the appropriate settings for protection and regulation, and explored other similar protection schemes in Australia and overseas.
How you can voice your opinion
The review is now closed.
What will be the outcome of this consultation?
The review proposes a new model to modernise and simplify the legislation.

Consultation Information

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The Issue

The Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (PMCH Act protects Australia's movable cultural heritage and provides for the return of foreign cultural property which has been illegally exported from its country of origin and imported into Australia. It gives effect to Australia's agreement to the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970.

Consultation for the review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act

Mr Shane Simpson AM was appointed in 2014 to do an independent review of the PMCH Act. The review's methodology included research and development, and broad national consultation (including a national survey) towards developing a new model.

Mr Simpson released a position paper on 1 July 2015 outlining a new model for the regulation of cultural material in Australia based on research and consideration of submissions made by the sector to past reviews.

More than 40 meetings were held in all state and territory capital cities between July and August 2015. Over 500 institutions and individuals were invited to attend, including collecting institutions, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, special interest groups, the commercial arts sector, non-government organisations, academics and state, territory and Commonwealth government bodies. Consideration was also given to submissions made to the 2009 review of the PMCH Act. The review also received 120 survey responses and 40 emails and letters from individuals and organisations.

Thank you to everyone who attended consultation meetings and contributed to the survey, your comments informed the final version of Mr Simpson's proposed new model and the report to the Australian Government.


Started July 30, 2015 00:00 AEST
Ended August 31, 2015 00:00 AEST
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