MEDIA RELEASE - Final report for review of Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 released
3 February 2016
Government has released the final report of the independent review of the Protection
of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.
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.
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.
Government recognises that there is a clear need for reform in this area and
the principles identified by Mr Simpson provide a sound basis for developing a
comprehensive simplified model.
It is timely
to modernise this legislation to ensure Australia can respond appropriately to
the developments in the cultural heritage sector, both in relation to
Australian and foreign cultural material, and to strengthen the legal framework
to prevent illicit trade internationally.
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