Cultural Heritage Export Permit - Australian Government


You will need this permit if you intend to export objects of cultural significance outside of Australia, whether permanently or temporarily.

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.

Principal collecting institutions may apply for a General Permit, which allows institutions to temporarily export Class B objects without applying for individual permits and external assessments. Principal collecting institutions include:

  • public galleries
  • museums
  • libraries
  • archives.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


One year with the possibility of extension


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You do not need to pay any fees.

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Act(s) name

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 2018 Australian Government

Application process


If an Australian protected object is already overseas and you intend 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.

Administering agency

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Office for the Arts

Contact details

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