National Cultural Heritage Committee
The National Cultural Heritage Committee is appointed by the Minister for the Arts under the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (the PMCH Act). The Committee advises the Minister in respect to the operation of the PMCH Act, the National Cultural Heritage Control List, and the National Cultural Heritage Account.
The Committee comprises:
- four persons each representing a different collecting institution
- a nominee of the Minister for Indigenous Affairs (being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person)
- a nominee and member of Universities Australia, and
- four persons having experience relevant to the cultural heritage of Australia.
Members serve for terms of up to four years and are eligible for reappointment.
Current members are:
|Dr Patrick Greene OBE||Chief Executive Officer of Museum Victoria|
|Ms Tina Baum||Senior Curator, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art, National Gallery of Australia|
|Professor Duncan Chappell||Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Sydney|
|Mr Joseph Eisenberg OAM||Cultural Director, Maitland Regional Art Gallery|
|Associate Professor Marett Leiboff||Associate Professor, School of Law, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong|
|Professor Suzanne Miller||CEO and Director at Queensland Museums|
|Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich||Director-General of the National Library of Australia|
|Mr Tim Sullivan||Assistant Director, Branch Head National Collection at the Australian War Memorial|
|Dr Graeme Were||Senior Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Queensland|
|Ms Margie West AM||Emeritus Curator of Aboriginal Art and Material Culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory|
The Committee makes recommendations to the Minister on the granting of export permits for Australian protected objects and on applications for funding assistance from the National Cultural Heritage Account. Some permit applications are considered out of session.