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New collecting policy

A new Collections Development Policy and Framework were approved by Council in November 2002 to complement the Museum's new operating environment and to define collecting activities for the next five years. Based on the Museum's three core themes of land, nation and people, the new collecting priorities are:

  • interacting with the environment

  • peopling Australia

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • governing

  • creating culture

  • celebrating life

  • making economies

  • building Australia.

A detailed Implementation Plan was also developed to identify specific collecting subjects within each of the eight priority areas. These now guide curatorial and research staff in their consideration of material for acquisitions. Specific collecting subjects include:

  • pre-19th and 20th-century migration

  • colonial government

  • land and water management

  • urban renewal and development

  • climate change

  • education and the role of public research in Australia

  • sport

  • technological and structural changes and their impact on industry

  • regional resources including agriculture

  • transportation.

There are a number of other Council-approved policies for the Collection's care and management.