Fine and decorative art
You may need a permit to export some works of fine or decorative art from Australia.
You may need a permit to export fine or decorative art from Australia if it meets all of the following criteria:
- It is at least as old as the age threshold in the following table.
- The current Australian market value is at least the amount in the following table.
- It is an Australian related object.
An Australian related object is designed or made:
- in or outside Australia by an Australian
- in Australia by a foreign person who, at some time worked or lived in Australia or
- outside Australia by a foreign person, if the object that incorporates Australian motifs or subject matter, or is otherwise relevant to Australia.
|Value and age thresholds|
|Item||Objects of fine or decorative art||Amount A$||Age (years)|
|1||Paintings by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples created in the Indigenous tradition||10,000||20|
|2||Objects that are not otherwise mentioned in this table and that are made from glass, wood, paper, plastic, ceramic, leather, ivory, natural or man-made fibre, or a base metal||5,000||30|
|3||Objects made from precious metals||25,000||30|
|5||Arms and armour||5,000||30|
|6||Architectural fittings and decoration, and interior decoration||15,000||30|
|7||Tapestries and carpets||10,000||30|
|11||Clocks and watches||40,000||30|
|12||Watercolours, pastels, drawings, sketches and other similar works||40,000||30|
|14||Prints, posters, photographs or similar works of art with potential for multiple production||10,000||30|
|15||Any object not mentioned above if the object provides documentation of any notable person or event in Australian science, technology, arts or history||no value threshold||no age threshold|
These criteria are in Schedule 1 of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 1987, which incorporates the National Cultural Heritage Control List.