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Federal inquiry to look at Canberra’s libraries, museums and galleries

A federal parliamentary inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions, such as the National Library of Australia and National Gallery of Australia, will look at their relevance, visitor numbers, revenue, and interaction with the private sector.

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories will inquire into what innovative strategies the national institutions are using to ‘maintain viability and relevance to sustainably grow their profile, visitor numbers, and revenue’.

The terms of reference will look at whether institutions are: creating a strong brand and online presence; experimenting with new forms of public engagement and audience participation; reaching out beyond Canberra; cultivating private sector support; developing other income streams; and ensuring the appropriateness of governance structures.

The institutions have been operating in a tight funding environment, with budget cuts causing job losses and cuts to programs.

Chair of the committee Liberal MP Ben Morton said in a statement, ‘Canberra’s national institutions are a major drawcard for the nation’s capital, attracting local, interstate and overseas visitors. They contribute significantly to the local economy and Canberra’s culture.’

‘In launching this inquiry, the committee is keen to examine creative ways that national institutions engage with both visitors and the private sector,’ said Morton.

The committee will accept written submissions until 8 May 2018 on the inquiry page here.


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