Changes to the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 2018 as they affect Aboriginal art.
In July 2015, it was announced that the Hon. George Brandis, then Federal Minister for the Arts had appointed Mr Shane Simpson AM to undertake a review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act (PMCH Act) and its regulations. Exactly one week prior to the due date, 30 September 2015, the Hon Mitch Fifield replaced Brandis as the Minister. Though Simpson consulted widely in formulating his recommendations and submitted the report on schedule, Fifield sat on it for more than three years, and during that period, Simpson’s recommendations languished – they were not canvassed publicly for industry scrutiny or comment.
This week the new Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Regulations 2018 were finally announced. The following excerpt relates to Aboriginal art.