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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 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. This year, the Museum again met or exceeded these measures.

Performance summary, measured against PBS

Performance indicatorsAchievements
100% of acquisitions acquired in accordance with the Collection Development Framework Actual: 100%
75% of the National Historical Collection stored in accordance with appropriate museum standards Actual: 75%
4,478,000 people have access to the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, programs and web Actual: 4,960,348
85% of visitors satisfied with the exhibitions, programs and services Actual: 96%
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