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Disposal of items in the National Historical Collection

If the Council decides to dispose of any material from the National Historical Collection, then Section 9 (5) of the National Museum of Australia Act 1980 requires that details of that disposal should be included in the annual report for that period.

One deaccessioning and disposal was approved by Council in 2002-2003. To facilitate the Museum's participation in the government program to return Indigenous human remains and sacred objects to the Australian Indigenous peoples with cultural rights in those materials, in November 2002 the Council agreed to the deaccessioning and disposal of all secret, sacred and private Indigenous material in the National Historical Collection.