This audit would assess of the effectiveness of the collection management practices of a selection of Australia’s national cultural institutions. The audit would take into account any broader policy reform work undertaken by the Department of Communications and the Arts (the department) in response to the findings of Auditor-General Report No. 46 of 2017–18, Management of the National Collections.

The Auditor-General’s report focused on the collections held by the Australian War Memorial and the National Gallery of Australia. The audit made nine recommendations.

A follow-on audit would focus on a further two of the 12 national cultural institutions and examine asset management and collection sustainment policies and practices. The audit would also examine the role of the department as the responsible policy entity.