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.

What's new

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.
Cultural heritage
The formal handover of a Port Stewart ancestor was undertaken in Germany on 24 October 2017.
Cultural heritage
Recipients for the 2017 Community Heritage Grants Program have been announced.

Funding programs

UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity

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