First institution approved under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme

1 June 2015

Today I announce that I have approved the National Gallery of Victoria for five years as an approved borrowing institution under the Australian Government’s Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Scheme.  

The National Gallery of Victoria is the first institution to be approved under the new Australian scheme. As an approved borrowing institution the gallery is able to offer legal protection for cultural objects on loan from overseas for temporary public exhibition in Australia.

By reassuring overseas lenders that Australia is a secure destination for loans the scheme ensures greater opportunities for Australian audiences to experience significant international exhibitions.

In providing this important support to the sector the scheme also ensures Australia continues to benefit from the significant social, cultural and economic benefits that international exhibitions deliver.

The National Gallery of Victoria has demonstrated it possesses the necessary frameworks, expertise, experience and resources to meet the high ethical and legal requirements established by the scheme, including demonstrating the capacity to undertake provenance checking and due diligence research to the highest international standards.

I congratulate the National Gallery of Victoria on its approval.

I encourage more institutions to participate in the scheme and look forward to seeing high-quality international exhibitions in Australia as a result of the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan scheme.

Information about the scheme and how to apply for approval under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013 can be found at the Ministry for the Arts website.