The New South Wales Government has begun conducting an Inquiry into the '...performance or effectiveness of NSW Government agencies responsible for the organisation, structure and funding of museums and galleries in New South Wales...'.
Public submissions are invited by 14 August and the Report is currently due to the NSW Parliament on 24 November 2016.
The Inquiry was prompted by the proposal to move the famous Powerhouse Museum or Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences from its historic home in the inner Sydney suburb of Ultimo to the Western Sydney suburb of Parramatta. This controversy provides one of the eight specific Terms of Reference of the Inquiry.
Volunteer-run, Council managed and State Government organisations are all included in the scope. Studies will consider ways of making collections more accessible and their management and development more transparent. Economic studies into the influence of the NSW Efficiency Dividend on the viability of State agencies are being conducted alongside measurements of the broader impacts of museum and gallery collecting organisations on the economy of the State. The buildings these collections are housed in are also included in the scope.
The Committee of Inquiry comprises members of parliament from three major and two minor parties, and the ninth Term of Reference 'any other related matter' rounds out a well-framed Inquiry.
Click here to access the relevant NSW Parliament Committee of Inquiry webpage
Click here to read the Media Release about the Inquiry, which provides the name and contact numbers for both the Inquiry Chair and Inquiry Secretariat
Click here to read a newspaper article, with links to others, which reveal the background to the Inquiry