Cultural Heritage Export Permit - Australian Government

Service summary

You will be required to apply for this permit if you intend to export objects of cultural significance outside of Australia.

A cultural heritage export permit is required by individuals for the export of individual objects of Australia's cultural heritage. This includes:

  • Works of art
  • Fossils
  • Vintage vehicles
  • Books
  • Medals
  • Aboriginal heritage items.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this export permit you must apply in writing. Your application will be referred for assessment by expert examiners.

If an Australian protected object is already overseas and you wish to import it into Australia and subsequently re-export it, an application must be made (prior to import) for a Certificate of Exemption from export control.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Usually 12 months, but can be extended.



No fees are required.

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts

Act(s) name

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 1987 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Communications and the Arts

Operating address:
38 Sydney Avenue
Australian Capital Territory 2603
Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 2154
Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,2601




02 62711000

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