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Queensland Museum Act 1970 – 30 January 2012

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The entity previously established as the Queensland Museum Board of Trustees is continued in existence under the name Board of the Queensland Museum. The functions of the board shall be: the control and management of the Queensland Museum and of all natural history, historical and technological collections, and other chattels and property contained; and the maintenance and administration of the museum in such manner as will effectively minister to the needs and demands of the community in any or all branches of the natural sciences, applied sciences, technology and history (among other functions).

  • Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 24, 45, 50, 51, 52, 53

Uncollected specimens may be sold, exchanged or disposed following a notification process.

  • Sections 19, 22, 23

Property found at the Queensland Museum suspected to be abandoned that is unclaimed for 4 months, may be sold by public auction.

  • Sections 21, 22, 23

The board may offer and pay a reward to a person who gives the board information about an offence it believes or suspects is committed in relation to its property or property in its possession.

  • Section 65
Reason for law

To contribute to the cultural, social and intellectual development of all Queenslanders. (Section 1A)

Relevant links

Queensland Museum

Events calendar

Collection Online

Donate to the collection

Ask an expert

Museums and Galleries Queensland

Museums Australia

Commonwealth Association of Museums

Stqry App


Section 13 contains the phrase ‘ultra vires’. This phrase may not be understood by members of the public.

Section 60 contains the phrase ‘rule against perpetuities’. This phrase may not be understood by members of the public.



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