Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund

What is the Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund?

The Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund provides funding to help communities repatriate the remains of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people ancestral remains, burial goods and secret and/or sacred objects that were collected by Queensland Museum and other institutions, to their community of origin. The fund is part of the Queensland Museum Repatriation Program.

Return of ancestral remains (repatriation)

The Queensland Government recognises the importance of the return of Ancestral Remains, Burial Goods and Secret and/or Sacred Objects for Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In particular, the state government is committed to supporting Aboriginal peoples’ and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ need to fulfil cultural and spiritual obligations to care for and bury their dead. This support is being delivered through the Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund.

How does the fund support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities?

The Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through providing financial and administrative resources. Please visit the Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund website for further information about what support is available.

Disclaimer: Repatriation involves the return of ancestral remains, burial goods and secret and/or sacred objects to their community of origin. The ongoing effort to ensure the respectful return of ancestral remains and secret sacred objects is a highly sensitive and emotional issue. Repatriation initiatives may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Find out more about the fund

Find out more information about the Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund.

Donate to the fund

When you donate to the Queensland Museum Repatriation Fund, you’re participating in the journey towards reconciliation. The cultural and spiritual benefits of bringing Ancestors home cannot be underestimated. With your support, we will continue to identify and establish provenance of ancestral remains, in order to return them to Country.

Handling of ancestral remains

Guidelines to assist with the discovery, handling and management of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ancestral remains.