Cultural property

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Journal article

24 Nov 2017

In light of a number of significant recent cases, this article examines the role of the courts in the protection of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Draft report

24 Oct 2017

This plan brings together social and economic development goals with conservation goals, guided by international best practice – UNESCO’s Historic Urban Landscape approach (HUL).

Audio interview

22 Jun 2017

The destruction of Mosul's Al Nuri mosque is another reminder that Islamic State's main victims have been Muslims.

Discussion paper

20 Apr 2017

The purpose of this paper is to highlight key themes and issues for developing revised guidelines to define reasonable and practicable measures to avoid or minimise harm to Aboriginal cultural heritage. The themes and issues identified in this paper are based on the analysis of...

Research report

14 Dec 2016

This project is a strong example of how support from a large organisation (the State Library of Western Australia) can assist local people (Mowanjum Community) with their project to deliver culturally appropriate digitalaccess to important collections.

The Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre (MAACC)...


14 Oct 2016

The Snowy Mountains Scheme is widely regarded as one of the engineering wonders of the world. The scheme is the most significant project to be undertaken as part of the post-war reconstruction program and has become an enduring symbol of Australia's identity as a multicultural,...

Research report

30 Sep 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is a distinctive feature of Australia’s cultural and creative landscape and a sizeable component of Australian identity. While the political dimensions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art remain much contested, the aesthetic and economic aspects are better established....

Book review

30 Aug 2016

This is an opportunistic and dangerous book, which rides on the back of advocacy by First Nations Peoples (and other Nations) for the return of stolen cultural property and human remains. It is worth taking seriously because it has reached a wide audience, in particular...

Research report

7 Jan 2016

GLAM peak bodies and institutions in Australia have put together case studies of ways in which digital access to collections have made a positive impact on people's lives.

Providing valuable resources for researchers Fuelling innovation Keeping indigenous languages and customs alive Retelling the Anzac...

Research report

22 Nov 2015

Presents a summary of the existing laws in NSW, the proposed reforms, and some selected stakeholder views.


Aboriginal people have lived in Australia for over 40,000 years. They have developed a rich cultural heritage which continues to have great importance to...


13 Nov 2015

During the late eighteenth century, a musical–cultural phenomenon swept the globe. The English square piano—invented in the early 1760s by an entrepreneurial German guitar maker in London—not only became an indispensable part of social life, but also inspired the creation of an expressive and scintillating...


1 Jan 2015

Pacific islands artifacts and imageries have had a strong appeal to the popular imagination of the West over the years. However, in recent years the question of ownership of intellectual property rights has emerged as many indigenous groups around the world call for the repatriation...

Research report

10 Oct 2014


Australia’s public collecting institutions enrich public life by displaying, interpreting, making accessible and preserving the world’s shared cultural, scientific and historic heritage.

Acquisitions to collections and loans to institutions play a vital role in increasing our society’s understanding of culture. They...

Journal article

19 Jun 2013

This volume addresses the history and heritage of the ‘Macassan’ fishers who made the long and sometimes dangerous maritime journey from the port town of Makassar in southern Sulawesi to the coastline of Arnhem Land and the Kimberley, northern Australia, from before European settlement in...

Research report

16 Jun 2013

This report is an update on the implementation of recommendations of World Heritage Committee decision: 36 COM 7B.8, Great Barrier Reef (Australia) (N 154).

WWF and AMCS remain concerned that neither the Australian nor Queensland governments are adequately addressing the World Heritage Committee’s recommendations...

Research report

30 Jul 2012

This paper argues that reform of Aboriginal heritage legislation in New South Wales is well overdue.

Thousands of Aboriginal cultural heritage sites have been damaged or destroyed in New South Wales (NSW) in recent years. According to the 2011 State of Indigenous Cultural Heritage...

Journal article

21 Aug 2009

In 2007 the federal government commenced a review into the feasibility of extending the legal deposit scheme to include audiovisual and electronic material. This paper examines the history and significance of legal deposit as well as the relationship between legal deposit and cultural and technological...


9 Mar 2009

Significance defines the meanings and values of a cultural heritage item or collection through research and analysis, and by assessment against a standard set of criteria.

Significance 2.0 outlines the theory, practice and many applications of the concept of significance in collection management....

Research report

14 May 2008

Portfolio budget statements for the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and organisations including the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of...

Research report

22 Apr 2008

This information paper identifies the agreed priorities and action for information development in the area of Arts and Cultural Heritage. The paper also identifies gaps in available data and provides recommendations for addressing these data gaps. Recommendations will be implemented collaboratively by the ABS and...