Australian Museum Trust Act 1975 No 95
8 Powers of Trust
(1) The Trust may:
(a) procure and preserve, specimens and scientific data relating to
the natural sciences,
(b) promote and provide exhibits, lectures, films, publications and
other educational instruction relating to the natural
(c) provide scientific information to the public and to any museum or
(d) undertake scientific research in the natural sciences in pursuance
of its objects,
(e) carry out surveys and other research for statutory bodies that are
subject to the control and direction of a Minister of the Crown and for other
(f) permit a person or body to use any part of the Australian Museum
for activities of an educational or cultural nature, and
(g) charge and receive fees for:
(i) any survey or other research that may be carried out under
paragraph (e), and
(ii) any permission given under paragraph (f), and
(iii) any matter for which the Trust determines fees are payable under
which fees shall be the property of the Trust.
(1A) The Trust may engage in commercial activities (including revenue
generating activities) in furtherance of the objects of the Trust or for or in
connection with or incidental to the exercise or performance of any power,
authority, duty or function of the Trust.
(1B) The powers, authorities, duties and functions of the Trust may be
exercised and performed within or outside the
(2) Subject to this Act and the regulations, the Trust shall have the
control and management of all property vested in the
(3) The Trust may agree to any condition that is not inconsistent with
its objects being imposed on its acquisition of any
(4) Where, by gift inter vivos, devise or bequest, the Trust acquires
property, it may retain the property in the form in which it is acquired,
subject to any condition agreed to by the Trust in relation to the property
under subsection (3).
(5) The rule of law against remoteness of vesting does not apply to a
condition to which the Trust has agreed under subsection
(6) The Duties Act
1997 does not apply to or in respect of any gift inter vivos,
devise or bequest made or to be made to the Australian Museum or the
(7) The Trust may establish such committees as it thinks fit for the
purpose of assisting it to exercise and perform its powers, authorities,
duties and functions.
(8) A person may be appointed to a committee whether or not the person
is a trustee.
(9) The Trust may provide, control and manage branches or departments
of the Australian Museum.
(9A) The Trust may from time to time determine the following:
(a) the fees payable for admission to the Australian Museum or any
part of the Museum,
(b) the fees payable for the photographing of exhibits for commercial
(9B) Fees may differ according to such factors as the Trust may
(9C) The Trust may exempt any person or class of persons from paying
(10) The Trust shall have, and may exercise and perform, such powers,
authorities, duties and functions, in addition to those specified in this
section, as are reasonably necessary for the attainment of its objects, but
may only borrow money in accordance with Part 4.
(11) However, the Trust cannot employ any staff.
Note. Staff may be employed under Chapter 1A of the Public Sector Employment and Management Act
2002 in the Government Service to enable the Trust to exercise