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Performance indicators

100% of National Historical Collection acquisitions are consistent with acquisitions policy Achieved
75% of National Historical Collection stored at or above appropriate museum standards Achieved
1000 conservation treatments Achieved
1600 treatments completed
$9.153m ($45.76 per collection item) $6.432m
($32.16 per collection item)


The National Museum of Australia seeks to build a broad-based collection that provides a material record of Australian history. The NHC is the core collection of the Museum and consists of the most historically and culturally significant objects acquired by the Museum. Objects in the collection total more than 190,000 items.

Other collections include the Education Collection, comprising materials to support Museum programs and activities, and the Archival Collection, comprising documents, photographs, and sound and vision recordings associated with material in the NHC.

The Museum acquires objects for the collections through purchase or donation.