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Program 1.1 - Collection management, research, exhibitions and programs

The Museum’s collection management, research, exhibitions and programs aim to achieve the outcome of increasing awareness and understanding of Australia’s history and culture. The Museum does this by:

  • conducting activities to ensure it has a relevant and high-quality collection of objects and associated material. This includes maintaining the collection in appropriate condition, and ensuring it is available to be used in exhibitions and other programs
  • conducting activities that allow visitors to access objects in the collection, or information about objects and Australian history and cultures, through the provision of exhibitions and programs online in Australia and overseas
  • undertaking research to enhance awareness of Australian history and cultures, and maintaining a print and web publishing program for the public.

The annual PBS specify performance measures for the Museum for acquisitions, storage of the National Historical Collection, conservation treatments, documentation of the collection, access to the collection and visitor satisfaction levels.

Performance summary

The Museum measured its performance against the standard set of key performance indicators that are applied across national collecting institutions within the Attorney-General’s portfolio.

No. Key performance indicator

2013–14
target

Actuals

1.1.1 Number of paid on-site visits 68,604 57,304
1.1.2 Number of unpaid on-site visits

474,000

460,873

1.2.2 Number of on-site visits by preschool students

300

562

1.2.3 Number of on-site visits by primary school students

71,000

68,339

1.2.4 Number of on-site visits by secondary school students

16,500

13,779

1.2.5 Number of on-site visits by post-secondary education students

400

962

2.1 Number of visits to the website

1,245,000

1,437,472

2.3 Number of off-site visits to the organisation (travelling exhibitions) 104,500 127,326
3.1 Number of formal overseas initiatives 3
3
3.2 Number of other overseas initiatives 400 316
4.1 Operational funding (as a % of total funds from operations and government) 86% 86%
4.2 Capital funding from government (as a % of total funds from operations and government) 4% 4%
4.3 Cash sponsorship income (as a % of total funds from operations and government) - -
4.4 Other cash fundraising income (as a % of total funds from operations and government) - -
4.5 Other income (as a % of total funds from operations and government) 9% 10%
5.1 Expenditure on collection development (as a % of total expenditure) 15% 15%
5.2 Expenditure on other capital items (as a % of total expenditure) 11% 6%
5.3 Expenditure on other (i.e. non-collection development) labour costs (as a % of total expenditure) 33% 39%
5.4 Other expenses (as a % of total expenditure) 44% 50%
7.1.1 Number of acquisitions in the reporting period 1700 1600
7.2.1 Total number of objects accessioned in the reporting period 750 1035
7.2.2 Total number of objects awaiting accessioning at the end of the reporting period 13,100 13,363
7.2.3 % of total objects (acquired in the reporting period) accessioned 4% 3.44%
7.3.1 % of total collection available to the public 47% 47%
7.3.2 % of total collection available to the public online 42% 43.43%
7.3.3 % of total collection available to the public on display 4% 3%
7.3.4 % of total collection available to the public on tour 1% ≤1%
7.4.1 % of total objects assessed/condition checked in the reporting period 1.3% 2.15%
7.4.2 % of total objects conserved in the reporting period for preparation for display or digitisation 0.1% 0.56%
7.4.3 % of total objects treated for preservation purposes only in the reporting period 0.2% 0.50%
7.5 % of the total collection digitised 55% 85%
8.1 Number of people participating in public programs 30,000 32,028
8.2 Number of people participating in school programs 88,200 83,642