Cultural Gifts Donations and NCACL

The Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program was set up in 1978 to promote the growth of institutions’ collections of Australian cultural heritage. Donors may offer their cultural materials to eligible institutions (those with deductible gift recipient status) and thereby gain a taxation deduction based on the value of their donation. The donor also makes a valuable contribution to the development of Australian collections, and helps to preserve Australia’s cultural heritage for the future.

NCACL first became a designated deductible gift recipient in 1988 and renewed its status in 2001. The National Centre has received a large number of papers, manuscripts, photographs, artwork, books and publishers’ records valued at over six million dollars. The items selected as donations have strengthened the National Centre’s collection in many ways, and we appreciate that these contribute to our knowledge of Australian children’s literature.

The Cultural Gifts Program is explained in detail on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website and in their publication Cultural Gifts Program Guide which can be downloaded. The Centre offers the following brief guide to assist those interested in making a donation to the Centre.

Making a donation
Valuing gifts
Continuing donations
Considering access restrictions
Donating copyright
Determining ownership
Commissioning and arranging valuations
Accepting valuations
Further information