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 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 200,000. 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 supporting Museum programs and activities.
Output group 1.1 in the Museum's PBS specifies performance measures for the acquisition, storage and conservation of the collections. As has been the case each year since opening in 2001, the Museum met or exceeded the measures this year, as the following table shows: