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Output group 1.1 - Collection development and management

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 this collection. The Museum's other collections include the Archive 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.

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, seated, and wearing a gold-coloured dress. Her hands and folded on her lap and she also wears a tiara, necklace and bracelets.
William Dargie's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1954, oil on canvas, 101.6 x 76.2 cm.

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 stored in accordance with appropriate museum standards ACTUAL: 75%
1000 conservation treatments undertaken to maintain appropriate condition of items
ACTUAL: 2138 conservation treatments
7500 National Historical Collection items accessible via the Museum's website ACTUAL: 10,742
National Historical Collection items made accessible on the Museum's website