The Prohibited Exports Register lists cultural material that has been refused an export permit.

The Register is a list of objects that have been considered to be Australian protected objects and of such significance to Australia's cultural heritage that an export permit has been refused. The Register is a record of decisions made at particular points in time, based on the law and circumstances as they then stood. It is kept for administrative and informative purposes only. The status of objects may change over time.

Objects refused an export permit


  • Painting—Jack Karadada, Namarali Wandjina bark painting, c. 1970


  • Painting—Charlie Numbulmore, Wanjina on Coolamon, c.1970
  • Painting—Charlie Numbulmore, Two Wanjina on Slate, c.1970


  • Captain Cook's Waistcoat, made by Elizabeth Cook, c1770
  • 19th Century Gulmari Aboriginal Shield, South West Queensland, c1890
  • Painting—Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, Hunting, 1971 *(see note below)


  • PN Russell & Co, Boiler, c.1855–1875
  • Painting—Herbert Badham, Snack Bar, 1944
  • Steam Yacht Ena, 1900


  • Painting—Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Love Story, 1972
  • John Fowler B6 Three Speed Road Locomotive, no. 16161


  • Decorative photo frame in gold, diamonds and opals, attributed to Percy Marks, Sydney, c1927–35
  • Krupp C96 nA 77mm field gun, serial no. NR7207, c1916
  • Painting—Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa, Honey Ant Travelling Dreaming, 1971
  • Painting—Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Water Dreaming with Lightning Timmy, 1971
  • Brooch, gold and boulder opal, made by John or Ernesto Priora
  • Bracelet, gold, attributed to Hogarth, Erichsen and Company, Sydney, c1858
  • Eight nugget linked bracelet, maker Unknown, Australia, c1855–65
  • Nine nugget linked bracelet, maker unknown, Australia, c1855–62
  • Sir Charles Kingsford Smith 'VH-USU Southern Cross' Brooch
  • Sir John Monash Seals

Prior to 2013

  • Painting—Payungka Tjapangarti, Ceremonial Dreaming Journey, 1971
  • Painting—Old Tutuma Tjapangati, One Old Man's Dreaming, 1971
  • Painting—Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Ceremonial Dreaming, 1972
  • Painting—Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Yam Dreaming (Version 1), 1972
  • Painting—Mick Namarari, Ceremonial Medicine Story, 1971
  • Painting—Old Walter Tjampitjinpa, Pintupi Travelling Water Dreaming, 1972
  • Painting—Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Travelling Water Dreaming with Lightning, 1971
  • Painting—Timmy Payungka Tjapangarti, Corroboree, 1972
  • Torres Strait Arrowhead
  • Painting—Walter Jambajimba, Water Dreaming, 1972
  • Fowler Tank Steam Locomotive, builder's no. 7607, c1898
  • Painting—John Glover, The Bath of Diana, Van Diemen's Land, 1837*(see note below)
  • Decauville narrow gauge steam locomotive
  • World War II Japanese fighter aeroplane, located off Cape York Peninsula, Queensland
  • A pair of wings from a WWII P47 Thunderbolt aircraft located at Duyfken Point, Queensland
  • Victoria Cross Medal group awarded to E T Towner VC *(see note below)
  • Steam-hoisting engine (portable steam winch)
  • Painting—View of the Town of Sydney, artist unknown
  • Brown and May portable steam engine, c1890
  • Victor Trumper cricket memorabilia (including cuff links, a presentation tray, signed programs and team sheets, and Trumper's 1902 Ashes diary)
  • Frodsham Regulator No 1062, Melbourne Observatory *(see note below)
  • Main mass of the Miles Meteorite
  • 'King of the West' gold nugget (also known as the 'Normandy Nugget')
  • A Ruston Proctor steam traction engine, no. 42028
  • Thomas Walker steam centre engine
  • Painting—Old Walter Tjampitjinpa, Water Dreaming, 1972
  • Painting—Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa, Budgerigar Dreaming, 1972
  • Painting—Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, 1972
  • Binya Meteorite
  • DAP Mark 21 Beaufighter
  • Ned Kelly armour (shoulder guard)
  • Painting—William Barak, Untitled (Ceremony), c1900
  • Painting—Charlie Tararu Tjungurrayi, Fear, 1971
  • Painting—Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Water Ceremony, 1972
  • Painting—Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Rain Dreaming with Ceremonial Man, c1971
  • Painting—Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Water Dreaming at Kalipinypa, 1972
  • Painting—Anatjari Tjakamarra, Porcupine, Danger Men Only, 1973
  • Painting—Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Untitled (Ceremonial Designs), 1971–72
  • Master Blackburn's Whip—a cat o'nine tails whip with an Aboriginal club handle and knotted rope lashes attached that belonged to David Blackburn, Master of HM Brig Supply
  • Marshall Colonial Class C oil tractor, c1910
  • Swan, timber hull motor launch, 1884
  • Two pairs of boxing gloves, 1886—worn on the night that Peter Jackson beat Tom Lees to become the new Australian Champion
  • Fossil—Phyllolepis, Devonian, Merringowry, undescribed
  • George Gosse GC RANVR Medal Group
  • International Titan tractor, serial no. 2535, c1912
  • Bark painting—Mungarrawuy Yunupingu, Djulpan, the constellation of Orion and the Pleiades, c1958
  • Fowler steam traction engine, works no. 4841, 1884
  • Lockheed Electra airliner, serial no. 1107, 1937
  • Fowler steam traction engine, no. 12263, 1910
  • McLaren steam traction engine, works no. 705, 1905
  • Kelly and Lewis stationary motor, serial no. 6477, c1951
  • Foden steam wagon, works no. 9734, 1920
  • Two Queensland Gulmari Shields, c.1880s
  • Painting—Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, Corroboree for Young Men, 1972
  • Painting—Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, Untitled, 1972
  • Ronisch Concert Grand Piano, c1880
  • McLaren 8HP Steam Traction Engine, works no. 298, 1887
  • Painting—David Corby Tjapaltjarri, Wild Potato Dreaming, 1972
  • Painting—Uta Uta Tjangala, Womens' Dreaming, 1972
  • Painting—Anatjari III Tjakamarra, Men's Corroboree Dreaming in a Cave, 1974
  • Painting—Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, Budgerigar Dreaming, 1972
  • Painting—Charles Mardigan, Untitled (Ceremony), 1970
  • Painting—Nym Djimurrgurr, Moorool the Dreaming Man, c1950
  • 28.29 gram specimen of Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Painting—Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri, Two Men Dreaming at Kuluntjarranya, 1984
  • Painting—Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, Hunting, 1971 *(see note below)
  • Foden 'C' type steam wagon—six ton, double crank compound; works no. 10972, 1923
  • Painting—Rover Thomas, Ruby Plains Massacre, 1985
  • Painting—Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri, Woman's Dreaming, 1972
  • Table—Australian made with blackwood base, Italian marble and micromosaic top—awarded as a prize by the Ballarat Agricultural and Pastoral Society in 1885, c1880
  • Marshall double-crank-compound, steam road locomotive engine, serial no. 62575, c1913
  • Fowler single-cylinder, two-speed, stump puller engine, serial no. 15722, c1920
  • McLaren double-crank-compound, two-speed, superheated, direct ploughing traction engine, serial no. 1506, c1917
  • Marshall single-cylinder, one-speed, No.1A 'Gainsborough' light traction engine, serial no. 52110, 1909
  • Marshall double-crank-compound, steam road locomotive engine, serial no. 65715, 1914
  • Equal second prize winning design submitted by Donald Mackay in the 1911 Commonwealth Stamp Design Competition
  • J J Seekings & Co, single-cylinder semi-portable steam engine, Gloucester, England, c1870
  • Moore Road Machinery diesel locomotive GT-122-DH-1, c1956
  • Ashes Bail Letter Opener, c1883
  • Painting—Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula, Untitled (Water Dreaming at Kalipinypa), 1971

Note: Four objects have twice been refused export permits: John Glover, The Bath of Diana, c1837; Towner VC medal group; Frodsham Regulator no. 1062; and Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, Hunting, 1971.

Note: In 2020, it was determined that Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, Hunting, 1971 no longer met the criteria for an Australian protected object under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 2018.  This means this painting's export is no longer prohibited and it does not require a permit to be exported.