National Museum of Australia approved under the protection of cultural objects on loan scheme

10 September 2015

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

The National Museum of Australia is only the second institution to be approved under the Australian scheme which provides legal protection from seizure and suit for cultural objects on loan for temporary public exhibition in Australia. The scheme also ensures Australia continues to benefit from the significant social, cultural and economic benefits that international exhibitions deliver.

The National Museum of Australia has demonstrated it possesses the capacity, expertise and resources to uphold the ethical and legal responsibilities established by the scheme, including consultation with Australian communities on cultural objects proposed for loan and the capacity to undertake provenance checking and due diligence research to the highest international standards.

I congratulate the National Museum of Australia on its approval. The Museum is now able to offer to international lenders the significant legal protection provided by the scheme including for its forthcoming exhibition Encounters: Revealing stories behind Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander objects from the British Museum, the first-ever collaboration with the British Museum.

This important exhibition will provide Australians with a rare opportunity to view over 150 Indigenous objects most of which have not been seen in Australia since they were first acquired in contacts between early settlers and first Australians. The exhibition will also provide an important opportunity for cultural exchange.

Find out more about the scheme and how to apply for approval under the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013 at the Ministry for the Arts website.