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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

You do not need to pay any fees. Fees for 2021-22

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All General Permits (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 1987 Australian Government

Additional information

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 and Communications

Office for 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:

Cultural Property Section

Office for the Arts

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Mailing address: GPO BOX 2154
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1800 819 461
Website: Office for the Arts (Opens in new window)