Legislation, standards & forms

Australian Government ComLaw

The Federal Register of Legislation (the Legislation Register) is the authorised whole-of-government website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents. It contains the full text and details of the lifecycle of individual laws and the relationships between them.The Legislation Register is managed by the Office of Parliamentary Counsel in accordance with the Legislation Act 2003.

Here are some relevant pieces of legislation for Australasian Registrars Committee members:

Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986

The Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986  protects Australia’s movable cultural heritage and provides for the return of foreign cultural property which has been illegally exported from its country of origin and imported into Australia. It gives effect to Australia’s agreement to the UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property 1970.

If you buy cultural material in Australia or from overseas, you need to do your research before buying to ensure your purchase is compliant with relevant cultural property laws.

View the Act.

Protection of Cultural Objects on Loan Act 2013

An Act to encourage the loan of objects from overseas for temporary public exhibition in Australia, and for related purposes.

View the Act.