Australia is a party to the UNESCO Convention to protect and promote the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
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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.
The Prohibited Exports Register lists cultural material that has been denied an export permit.
The National Cultural Heritage Control List describes the type of material that may need an export permit.
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 may need a permit to export some works of fine or decorative art from Australia.
You need a permit to take some trophies, sporting objects and memorabilia that are more than 30 years old out of Australia.
In Australia, national and international cultural property is protected through the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986, which gives effect to the UNESCO Convention on the Means of...
Importing cultural material from foreign countries into Australia must comply with the laws of the foreign country and Australia.
The National Cultural Heritage Committee assesses applications for export permits and funding applications from the National Cultural Heritage Account. It also advises the Minister for the Arts.
Valuation of the market value of gifts donated under the Cultural Gifts Program must be carried out by approved valuers.
We seek advice from expert advisors to value gifts under the Cultural Gifts Program. Expressions of interest are always open for new expert advisors.
Organisations listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations can receive tax deductible donations. This helps cultural organisations to attract funding from businesses and individuals.
The Australian Government supports the repatriation of ancestral remains and secret sacred objects to their communities of origin to help promote healing and reconciliation.
The Indigenous Repatriation Museum Grants Program returns Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains and secret sacred objects held in major Australian museums to the communities of...