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Resources and publications about the Australian Government’s arts and culture initiatives and activities.
An end-of-financial-year overview of all activities the Australian Government undertakes in the arts and culture portfolio.
Acts, regulations and legislative instruments that protect and regulate Australia’s arts and culture industry.
Australian arts and cultural research reports and statistics.
Australia is a party to the UNESCO Convention to protect and promote the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
We protect national and international movable cultural heritage: we regulate exports and imports, and help museums, galleries and libraries acquire important cultural material. We help repatriate...
Cultural material bought in Australia or overseas is protected by laws. Our role is to help you make sure that you buy, sell, import or export cultural objects legally.
A permit is needed to take significant cultural material out of Australia. We regulate the export of cultural material under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.
You can apply to be an expert examiner and assess the significance of cultural material.
Fossils and meteorites must be assessed for their significance before they can be taken out of Australia.
You need a permit to take some trophies, sporting objects and memorabilia that are more than 30 years old out of Australia.
Importing cultural material from foreign countries into Australia must comply with the laws of the foreign country and Australia.
Australia's iconic screen industry is an important contributor to the nation's cultural life and showcases the talents and creativity of our actors, writers, producers, directors and post...