Cultural Heritage Export - General Permit - Australian Government


You will be required to apply for this permit if you intend to export significant Australian cultural heritage objects overseas.

This permit enables certain specified Museums, Art Galleries, Libraries and other public collecting institutions to export Australian cultural heritage objects overseas for temporary exhibition and research purposes without the need to obtain individual export permits for each item. General permits allow institutions to temporarily export Class B objects without applying for individual permits and external assessments.

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

You are only permitted to export objects under this permit if it is exported on loan for research, public exhibition or a similar purpose for a maximum period of two years.

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

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Ongoing eligibility include:

  • you must report permit related activities to the Agency by the end of July for the previous financial year using the general permit report template.
Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


To be determined with each application.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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No fees are required.

Act(s) name

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 1987 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Communications and the Arts

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Department of Communications and the Arts

Toll Free: 1800 819 461