You can apply to be an expert examiner and assess the significance of cultural material.

Expert examiners assess the significance of cultural material that is proposed for export from Australia.

As an expert examiner, you will be listed on a register maintained by the National Cultural Heritage Committee. If you are eligible, you will be paid an honorarium payment of $250 per assessment.

Your work as an expert examiner is a vital part of the operation of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.

What do expert examiners do?

Expert examiners:

  • establish if material is classed as an Australian protected object by assessing if it meets the criteria in the National Cultural Heritage Control List
  • advise if the material is so important to Australia that its loss through export would significantly diminish Australia's cultural heritage.

The National Cultural Heritage Committee reviews expert examiner assessments and makes a recommendation to the Minister for the Arts, who makes the final decision about granting a permit.