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The National Museum of Australia seeks to build and care for a broad-based collection that provides a material record of Australian history. The National Historical Collection is the Museum's core collection, and consists of the most historically and culturally significant objects acquired by the Museum. There are more than 200,000 items in the collection. The Museum's other collections include the Archival Collection, comprising documents, photographs, and sound and vision recordings associated with material in the National Historical Collection, and the Education Collection, comprising materials to support Museum programs and activities.

As has been the case each year since its opening in 2001, the Museum met or exceeded Output group 1.1 measures this year.

Performance summary, measured against PBS

Performance indicators Achievements
100% of National Historical Collection acquisitions are consistent with acquisitions policy
ACTUAL: 100%
75% of the National Historical Collection packed or stored at, or above, appropriate museum standards ACTUAL: 75%
1000 conservation treatments
ACTUAL: 2289
conservation treatments
($61.10 per collection item)
ACTUAL: $7.628m
($38.14 per collection item)