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National Cultural Heritage Account

Closing Date
See below

- Community or not-for-profit organisation
- Local Government Authority
- Individual

Last Updated
28 March 2014
This Account helps Australian cultural organisations buy Australian protected objects’ as defined by the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986, especially those objects that have been denied export permits. Its purpose is to encourage organisations to buy objects that they could not otherwise afford with the intention that they be preserved and made accessible to the public.
Funding from the Account assists organisations who cannot raise the full purchase price for an Australian Protected Object. The Account normally covers only a proportion of the market value.
General Eligibility 
Australian cultural organisations are eligible to apply for funding assistance from the Account. Such organisations might be museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings and others, having permanent and appropriately maintained/conserved collections which are accessible to the public. Assistance may be considered for individuals, particularly where they intend to give the object to an eligible cultural organisation with a permanent public collection.
Main Assessment Criteria
In determining whether an amount will be expended from the Account, preference or priority will be given to the following Australian protected objects:
  • Class A objects in Australia and overseas.
  • Class B objects which have been denied an export permit.
  • Class B objects which have been granted an export permit on condition that they be available at fair market value for purchase by an eligible cultural organisation.
  • Class B objects which are overseas.

In considering applications for funding assistance, preference will be given to Cultural Organisations with the intention and capacity to care for and provide public access to Australian Protected Objects in perpetuity. Funding assistance will be provided on a case by case basis at the discretion of and as determined by the Minister generally after considering the advice of the National Cultural Heritage Committee (the Committee).

Closing Date
This program is open on an ongoing basis.

Contact Details
Attorney-General''s Department
Phone: 02 6210 2929

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