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 Indigenous ancestral remains and cultural material.

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Cultural heritage
The Government has provided $200,000 to help the National Motor Museum purchase the Chamberlain 8 “Australian Special” race car...
Cultural heritage
The Government has returned four decorated ancestral skulls to the Ambassador of Indonesia, at an event at the Embassy of the...
Cultural heritage
This week we marked the beginning of the journey home for Mungo Man and 104 ancestors.
Cultural heritage
Last night marked the first repatriation from Canada under the Indigenous Repatriation Program.

Funding programs

UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity

Australia is a party to the UNESCO Convention to protect and promote the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Funding support programs