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:

Name Title
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.