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Department of Communications and the Arts, Media Release, Final report for review of Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 released, 3 February 2016


Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly 1946, enamel on composition board. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of Sunday Reed 1977.

The Australian Government has released the final report of the independent review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.

The review, conducted by Mr Shane Simpson AM, Borders of Culture: Review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 was provided to the Government on 30 September 2015.

The Act, which has not been substantially amended since its enactment more than 25 years ago, regulates the export of objects that are significant to our history.

It also plays an important role in protecting Australia’s cultural heritage by assisting collecting institutions to acquire significant cultural material and provides for the return of foreign cultural property which has been illegally exported from its country of origin.

For more information about the review of the Act or to read the final report, Borders of Culture: Review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 visit the Ministry for the Arts website  http://arts.gov.au/movable.

Council of Australasian Museum Directors c/o Mr Brian Oldman, South Australian Museum PO Box 234 Adelaide, South Australia 5001 Australia, © CAMD 2022
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