National Cultural Heritage Account

The National Cultural Heritage Account (the Account) ensures that Australian protected objects are kept in Australia, preserved and made accessible to the public by assisting Australian cultural organisations to buy nationally significant objects that they could otherwise not afford.

Each year, $500,000 is made available to Australian cultural organisations eligible to apply for funding from the Account.

Successful Funding from the Account

A range of state and national institutions, as well as regional and non-profit organisations have benefited from the Account, with non-government organisations receiving more than 30 per cent of all funding support.

Click on the photographs below for information on Australian protected objects purchased with assistance from the Account in 2011–2012.

  • Two extremely rare opalised crinoids—South Australian Museum
  • Wedgwood Swan Vase - Sydney's Powerhouse Museum
  • A rare 200 year old gold watch (1878)—Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum
  • Malcolm Moore diesel locomotive GT-112-DH1- Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum
  • Raphael Clint Sundial (1837)—Port Macquarie Historical Society
  • Fairfax photographic Glass-plate negative collection—National Library of Australia

Full list of objects funded since 2001

Who can apply?

The National Cultural Heritage Account is open to Australian cultural organisations—including museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts and local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.

For more information about the Account and how to apply, visit the Frequently asked questions.