The National Cultural Heritage Committee assesses applications for export permits and funding applications from the National Cultural Heritage Account. It also advises the Minister for the Arts.

The National Cultural Heritage Committee is made up of ten people with expertise in Australia's cultural heritage.

The Committee is responsible for:

  • assessing export permit applications and making recommendations to the Minister for the Arts about if a permit should be granted
  • assessing funding applications from the National Cultural Heritage Account
  • assessing expert examiner applications
  • advising the Minister for the Arts about issues related to cultural heritage.

The Minister for the Arts appoints the Committee under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986. Members serve for terms of up to four years. They can be reappointed.

The Committee is made up of:

  • four people from different collecting institutions
  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander nominated by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs
  • an individual nominated by Universities Australia
  • four people with experience relevant to the cultural heritage of Australia.

The current members are:

  • Dr Patrick Greene OBE—Greene Associates, Cultural Heritage and Tourism Consultants
  • Professor Duncan Chappell—Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney
  • Mr Joseph Eisenberg OAM—Cultural Director Emeritus, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
  • Ms Margie West AM—Emeritus Curator of Aboriginal Art and Material Culture, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Dr Lisa Slade—Assistant Director, Artistic Programs Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Associate Professor Henrietta Marrie—Office of Indigenous Engagement, Central Queensland University (Cairns)
  • Professor Martin Gibbs—Professor in Australian Archaeology, University of New England.