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Cultural Objects on Loan

Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Regulation 2014

The federal Minister for the Arts has made the regulation to accompany the Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013 which provides protection for cultural objects on loan from overseas for the purposes of temporary exhibition in Australia by approved borrowing institutions.

The regulation commenced on 3 October 2014.

The Act and regulation were prepared following extensive consultation with CAMD and other museum organisations, museums and galleries.

The Regulation authorises an organisation as a borrowing institution under the Act and provides details of the following:

  •  the matters which the Minister must consider in deciding to approve a borrowing institution (these include loan policies and procedures and establishment of provenance and diligence research);
  • consultation requirements when proposing to import an object for temporary exhibition in Australia (includes requirement to make consultations policies publicly available
  • information to be published on the institution’s website for a specified period on objects proposed for loan (although permission may be granted in certain circumstances to lodge this information with an authorised person);
  • actions to be taken on receipt of inquiry or a claim of interest regarding an object protected under the Act;
  • information on loans to be published annually; and also
  • extends the range of services included in the definition of protected persons by prescribing the service of exhibiting the object in Australia.

See:

Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013

Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Regulation 2014 No 142 (COM)

Explanatory Note – Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Regulation 2014 No 142 (COM)

The Regulation should also be read in association with the recently published:

Australian Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material 

Meredith Foley
CAMD Executive Officer

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