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
The return of Indigenous ancestral remains from overseas institutions is only the first step in the journey of returning...
Cultural heritage
2017-18 Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund recipients have been announced.
Cultural heritage
Three Australian Indigenous ancestral remains have been returned from three institutions in Germany at an official handover...
Cultural heritage
The Government has announced funding to assist the South Australian Museum to purchase the Fire of Australia opal.

Funding programs

UNESCO Convention on cultural diversity

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