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Appendix 12

Freedom of Information

This Statement is made in accordance with section 8 of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Functions of the agency

The National Museum was established by the National Museum of Australia Act 1980 (the Act). The functions of the National Museum are outlined in section 6 of the Act and include the development and maintenance of a national collection of historical material; the display of historical material that relates to Australia's past, present and future, the conduct of research into matters pertaining to Australian history; and the dissemination of information relating to Australian history.

Decision-making powers

The Council of the National Museum is responsible for the overall policy and strategic direction of the National Museum and the Director for the implementation of policy and day to day management of the Museum. The Council and Director are appointed by the Governor-General under Sections 13 and 23 of the Act. The Director is assisted by staff who are appointed or employed under the Public Service Act 1999.

Consultative procedures

Valuable policy input from organisations and people outside the Commonwealth is obtained through formal and informal relationships with state and territory departments and agencies, research institutes, industry groups and community based organisations as well as the general public. State, territory and regional museums also contribute to policy considerations and the development of programs by the National Museum.

Freedom of Information procedures and initial contact points

Inquiries concerning the procedures for seeking information from the Museum under the Act may be made in writing, by telephone, or in person at the official FOI access point shown below:

FOI Coordinator
National Museum of Australia
Lawson Crescent
Acton ACT 2601

Mail address:
GPO Box 1901 Canberra ACT 2601

Telephone: (02) 6208 5353

The Director is the authorised decision-maker under the Act.

Facilities for access

The access point at which members of the public may make inquires on FOI matters, submit formal requests for access to documents, or inspect documents to which access has been granted, is listed above, and is open from Monday to Friday during business hours.

Categories of documents

The Museum holds minutes, reports and submissions associated with the Council and its committees; general records, including correspondence, reports and minutes of internal meetings in relation to the activities and functions of the organisation; administrative documents such as management, staffing, finance and personnel records; and documentation relating to the Museum's collections.

Some educative material is made available for purchase by the public. Documents made available to the public free of charge include descriptive brochures about the Museum's public programs.

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