Cultural Gifts Program

Office for the Arts, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Under the Cultural Gifts Program (CGP), the Australian Government offers a tax incentive to encourage taxpayers to donate culturally significant items to Australian public collections for all Australians to access. Individuals and organisations who pay tax in Australia can claim tax deductions for donating Australian and international artistic and cultural items. Recipients of donated items must be an Australian public collecting institution holding the appropriate registrations with the Australian Taxation Office.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
The CGP has proven to be an efficient way for the Australian Government to support public collecting institutions to grow and diversify their collections. In terms of dollar values, the CGP produces the following outcomes: • In the Australian financial years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, 863 donors donated A$127 million worth of cultural items to 182 public collecting institutions. • On average, approximately A$6.5 million worth of cultural items are donated to the collections of regional and remote public institutions each year. In addition, the CGP provides a pathway for artists and creative workers to reduce their tax liability. Thirty-seven per cent of donors were the maker or creator of the donated cultural items. The CGP also facilitates the diversification of collections with items being donated in over 135 different types of art and cultural classifications.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Australian Taxation Office
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)