New Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme begins

27 February 2015

Today the Australian Government has announced that the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme is now open for applications.

The Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme will help to attract loans from overseas of significant cultural items to display in Australian museums, galleries and libraries.

The Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme provides legal protection for cultural objects on loan from overseas for temporary public exhibition in Australia.

This new scheme will reassure overseas lenders that Australia is a secure destination for loans and ensures Australia continues to benefit from the significant social, cultural and economic benefits that international exhibitions deliver.

The scheme is the result of comprehensive consultation with the sector and provides Australia's major public galleries, libraries and museums a stronger position to negotiate loans of significant items from overseas lenders.

The scheme also aligns Australia with an emerging international standard to provide protection for cultural objects on loan.

Many of Australia's leading museums and galleries are planning ambitious exhibition programs and this scheme will provide vital support to those activities.

Information about the scheme and how to apply for approval under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013 can be found at www.arts.gov.au/collections.