An Introduction to Cultural and Educational Organisations

Cultural Educational Organisations

Australian cultural and educational organisations are dedicated to promoting cultural awareness, culture in academics, international and interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation as well as educational resources sharing.


The Australian government encourages opportunity for one and all to experience and take pleasure in Australia’s rich cultural heritage and modern cultural activities via its various cultural and educational organisations. The Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts is in charge and mandated to create policies and activities that support a lively and varied arts and culture sector thru the many cultural and educational organisations that exist today.

One of the primary areas of support for cultural and educational organisations’ activities is through Australia’s national collecting institutions, which function vitally in national as well as in an international capacity. Some of these cultural and educational organisations are:


Australian National Maritime Museum


The Australian National Maritime Museum provides a varied range of programs, activities and exhibitions for all age groups. The museum’s main focus as one of the cultural and educational organisations is to provide an impressive and pleasurable experience for visitors by resurrecting Australia’s maritime past, as well as preserving the country’s maritime heritage for future generations to enjoy. To attain these goals as one of many cultural and educational organisations, the museum promotes an expansive view of maritime history and ardently supports the preservation of traditional maritime practices and skills.


National Film and Sound Archive


The National Film and Sound Archive located in Canberra are tasked with collecting, preserving and telling Australia’s film and television history. From the pioneer Australian films like The Story of the Kelly Gang of 1906 and The Sentimental Bloke from 1919 to modern and current radio and television news reportage in addition to music industry creations.

The National Film and Sound archive plays a leading role among cultural and educational organisations in preserving Australia’s inimitable television, radio, film, and recorded sound heritage and culture. As one of the country’s cultural and educational organisations, it houses one of Australia’s principal collections of recorded sound and moving images, having in excess of two million items that include television and sound recordings, scripts, posters, film stills, thousands of newsreels, memorabilia, ephemera and other priceless items from over a century of filmmaking in Australia.


National Archives of Australia


Amongst cultural and educational organisations, The National Archives of Australia in Canberra is the custodian and shares precious Australian Government records with the public. The records kept by the archives document the crucial historical events and decisions that formed the nation and priceless relics for cultural and educational organisations.

Some of these documents are papers of prime ministers and defence ministers, Cabinet documents, governors-general, immigration, security and intelligence, Royal Commission files and departmental records on foreign affairs and trade, naturalisation and countless other matters involving the Australian Government’s history, making it indispensable among cultural and educational organisations in the country. 


National Gallery of Australia


Based in Canberra, the National Gallery of Australia provides information and exposure to both non-Indigenous and Indigenous Australian art, Asian art in addition to international works which includes sculpture, photography, posters, paintings, prints, textiles, decorative arts and illustrated books.

The gallery’s role is to develop and maintain a national collection of art and exhibitions from its collection, as well as exhibit works emanating from other international and national cultural and educational organisations.


National Library of Australia


The National Library of Australia was created as a source for all Australians to access Australia’s documentary heritage and information resources from all over the globe. The library collects and maintains state collected works of Australian materials and is a doorway to national as well as international resources of information. As one of the cultural and educational organisations, it also guarantees that other Australian libraries can share their assets efficiently for everyone’s benefit.


National Museum of Australia


The National Museum of Australia opened in March 2001 as part of the many cultural and educational organisations celebrating the centenary of Australia’s federation. The cultural and educational organisations’ museum houses the many tales of Australians building the nation. It presents its major themes being one of many cultural and educational organisations using cutting-edge technology to showcase the varied cultures and experiences that have affected the nation.


National Portrait Gallery


The National Portrait Gallery, another among cultural and educational organisations located in Canberra, is a depository of Australian portraiture and investigates the role this plays in interpreting Australian creativity, history, as well as culture. The gallery includes collected works of portraits of people who have had a key impact on Australia.


Old Parliament House


The Old Parliament House in Canberra is a museum of Australia’s social and political history. This historical site was the building that housed Australia’s parliament during the years 1927 to 1988. The Old Parliament House introduces students to the history to the nation’s political beginnings, elucidating the importance of parliament in the lives of Australians.

These are just among a few of the many and varied cultural and educational organisations that can be found in Australia.