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Small Museums Cataloguing Manual 4th Edition

The Small Museums Cataloguing Manual (4th edition) is the industry-standard reference for community museums wishing to start or develop their collections cataloguing. This essential practical tool is FREE to download. 

Download the manual here

Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material

The updated Australian Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material was released by the Minister for the Arts at the Meeting of Cultural Ministers on Friday 10 October 2014.

This updated guide will assist museums, galleries, libraries and archives to navigate the complex ethical and legal requirements of acquiring works by incorporating national and international guidelines into a single document. The guide was developed in consultation with the national, state and territory museums and galleries, as well as cultural heritage experts.

The guide can be downloaded here and more information is available on the Ministry for the Arts website.

Victorian Collections

Victorian Collections is a free, user-friendly, online cataloguing system that allows any Victorian collecting organisation to share their objects and stories online. Visit the Victorian Collections website to see over 65,000 items already catalogued online.

Significance 2.0

Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collection aims to help collecting organisations, collections professionals and the broader public to determine the significance of cultural and heritage objects.

Significance 2.0, written by Roslyn Russell and Kylie Winkworth, was published in 2009 by the Collections Council of Australia.

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Collections Law

This online publication, authored by Shane Simpson, focuses on the subject of the business and law of public collecting organisations in Australia. It is intended that it be a suitable reference guide for public museums, libraries, archives and galleries in Australia.

In 2012 Simpsons Solicitors agreed to take over the development of Collections Law in partnership with Shane Simpson. We are delighted to host this resource and relaunch it on its new website 

There are two options available to read this publication: it can be viewed online, where the reader is able to add comments at the end of each chapter; or a printer-friendly PDF version of individual chapters can be downloaded.

We encourage you to explore this website, and to provide feedback on the publication by using the comments tool at the end of each chapter section or by sending any enquires or comments to

This publication is not a substitute for legal or other professional advice. 

Collections Law