In January we let you know that the 2015 review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986 (PMCH Act) was to be undertaken by experienced cultural heritage lawyer Mr Shane Simpson AM.
Click here to read that news item
Click here to read the PMCH Act
Mr Simpson has prepared a very readable Position Paper, which is currently under consultation.
An online survey was made live on 10 July, and is open for contributions until 'mid-August'.
Click here to read Mr Simpson's Position Paper [5MB download]
Click here to read the 4 page Overview [<1MB download]
Click here to access the Ministry for the Arts webpage about the PMCH Act 2015 Review
Significance International has prepared an analysis of the Position Paper. We find the proposed new model to be quite brilliant, but also see an opportunity to expand this generally named legislation to include proper coverage of movable cultural heritage in Australia, which is otherwise lacking.
Click here to read our analysis
Click here to access the Australian Government's survey about the PMCH Act
Face-to-face consultations are being held in major Australia cities during the consultation period. The Significance International Director, Ms Veronica Bullock, and Associates Ms Margaret Birtley, and Mr Andrew Grant, will be attending the Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney meetings, respectively.
We hope you might find the time to contribute your thoughts to the online survey, and will be honoured if you find our guidance useful.