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See below for past corporate plans.
We present the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) four-year corporate plan as required under paragraph 35(1)(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and section 26 of the Australian National Maritime Museum Act 1990.
Since our establishment in 1991, our museum has been a leader in the preservation, promotion and sharing of Australia’s maritime heritage. Today, we continue to explore the role of the oceans, seas and rivers in shaping our lives and to share our nation’s maritime stories with millions of people across Australia and overseas.
This plan sets out the ANMM’s four-year priorities to build upon this proud history and set an exciting and renewed path towards a longer-term future.
The plan is both ambitious and pragmatic. It aims to bring together new and innovative ways of connecting with our audiences, our partners and the nation. However, it also clearly defines what we can achieve within the resources and four-year time-frame, and how we will evaluate our success in achieving these goals.
Our scope and activities over the next four years reach out far beyond our museum’s Sydney site. Through our programs and exhibitions we will continue to work collaboratively with local and regional communities and partners across Australia. The museum will share Australia’s unique and diverse maritime history, from the experiences of small regional communities to those on state and national scale, fostering a greater understanding by all Australians and indeed the world.
As the national maritime museum, we will continue to be a resource for the nation, leading research in maritime heritage and archaeology and sharing our knowledge with our peers and educational institutions.
The ANMM Council, executive, staff and volunteers will use this plan to deliver diverse services for the preservation and promotion of Australia’s great maritime history.
Peter Dexter AM FAICD
To be a world leader in maritime heritage – engaging communities and increasing their appreciation of the importance of the oceans, seas and rivers to our past, present and future.
As the national maritime museum, our mission is to lead the promotion and conservation of Australia’s maritime heritage and culture through:
Guided by the Australian National Maritime Museum Act 1990 and Commonwealth Government policies, our purpose is to:
In planning for the future, we recognise a number of challenges that may affect our environment and our work. The most immediate challenge is the significant redevelopment in Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct, where the museum is located. Recognising the likely impact of these construction projects on the level of visitation to the precinct during the first quarter of this plan, the museum will focus on delivering accessible and high quality programs and services to attract local, interstate and international visitors.
We predict significant population growth within our local precinct and increasing demographic diversity of our national and international audiences. Broad technological changes and increased community expectations across the country to participate in the creation of their cultural experiences will also affect the way the museum operates.
We have analysed these challenges and have incorporated appropriate strategies within our plans to manage risks. We will make sound decisions to optimise our strengths and resources, and to transform challenges into opportunities.
We will respond to these challenges by engaging in contemporary issues of relevance and increasing visitation to our museum through educational and inspiring exhibitions and programs.
We will connect to our audiences by enhancing their understanding of Australia’s history, heritage and contemporary issues, with particular focus on the following themes:
Priority 1: Share the national maritime story across Australia
As the national maritime museum, we have a unique responsibility to share the nation’s maritime stories with communities across the country, as well as internationally. These stories include the diverse and distinct maritime histories of communities across Australia’s states and territories.
We recognise that the ways in which audiences engage with museums are changing as people increasingly become more active participants in shaping their cultural experiences, using the latest digital technology to engage with museum programs.
We will employ best practice community research to inform every aspect of our programming and nationwide engagement. Our ongoing support of regional maritime projects and our collaboration with community stakeholders around Australia will ensure public pride and ownership in the museum.
Priority 2: Be a must-visit museum
Located within the changing urban, tourist and entertainment precinct of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, we are a formidable part of the cultural and entertainment experiences of people in the city.
We will consolidate and amplify the museum’s key attractions to ensure it remains a ‘must-see’ destination for local, national and international visitors. Through our distinctive architectural design and exhibition spaces, unique vessels, collections and programs we will continue to offer opportunities for discovery, discussion, entertainment and relaxation.
Priority 3: Support and promote Indigenous maritime heritage
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) cultures are central to Australian history.
As the custodian of a significant collection of Indigenous objects and artefacts, we play a pivotal role in ensuring greater national and international understanding of and respect for our unique Indigenous cultures.
We recognise that continued protection and promotion of traditional and contemporary ATSI cultural expressions are crucial for the wellbeing of ATSI peoples, as well as for achieving reconciliation.
Through our programs, exhibitions and employment opportunities we will continue to engage with and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to practise their culture and share their knowledge within and outside their communities.
Priority 4: Research, share knowledge and inspire
We are committed to research excellence and innovative approaches to knowledge creation that make a significant difference in maritime heritage and museum sectors, and that result in professional and public recognition of our work.
We interpret and care for our collection through research and collaboration. We make our knowledge accessible to as many people as possible through our exhibitions, educational programs, publications and outreach.
We will continue to build upon our knowledge and expertise, particularly in the digital and research areas, to create programs and exhibitions that are meaningful, relevant, inclusive and inspiring.
Priority 5: Forge a strong financial future
Our vision and goals for the future are bold and ambitious. The long-term success of the museum will depend not only on deploying our creative talent and managing our resources efficiently, but also on effective engagement in entrepreneurial and commercial practices to secure sustainable revenue sources for the museum. We will create meaningful partnerships with supporters and stakeholders to realise our aspirations for growth and exemplary service.
Priority 6: Enhance our organisational excellence
Maximising opportunities and delivering the best possible outcomes require a creative, efficient and progressive organisation. We will develop our people, implement our legal and regulatory obligations and manage our financial resources and assets to ensure our organisation maintains its strength and sustainability.
Download as a PDF file: ANMM Strategic Plan 2012-2015 (1.4mb); or as a DOC file ANMM Strategic Plan 2012-2015 (45kb).
For a copy of published documents, please contact our Publications Manager:
Phone: +61 2 9298 3777
The Australian National Maritime Museum annual reports are presented in PDF & DOC format, and divided into sections for faster downloading.
ANMM_Annual Report_2014-15 (PDF, 4.6Mb).
Currently available on the museum's Issuu site.
ANMM 2010-2011 Annual Report Section 1 Year In Review (1905 kb)
ANMM 2010-2011 Annual Report Section 2 Performance Reporting (638 kb)
ANMM 2010-2011 Annual Report Section 3 Financial Statements (835 kb)
ANMM 2010-2011 Annual Report Section 4 Appendixes (419 kb)
Printed Australian National Maritime Museum annual reports are available from the Publications Manager:
WARNING: This website may contain the names, images and artworks of deceased people which may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
The museum’s Indigenous protocol Connections – Indigenous Cultures and the Australian National Maritime Museum (PDF, 86kb) provides guidance on Indigenous issues that can impact on museum programs and procedures. The document has been compiled to help the museum and other interested institutions interpret Indigenous cultures authentically and respectfully.
Download the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Disability Action Plan.
The Australian National Maritime Museum aims to enhance the visitor experience of people with a disability. The museum consulted members of the public with a disability, staff at all levels and others to develop a Disability Action Plan. This plan has been implemented. Physical access has been upgraded and other measures introduced to provide improved access to information.
Visiting the museum? See the Museum’s Accessibility Information.
Download the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Information Publication Plan which outlines what information the museum proposes to publish, how and to whom the information will be published, and how the requirements of the Freedom Of Information Act are complied with.
Information publication plan (205 kb)
The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) is an agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) and it is required to comply with its Information Publication Scheme (IPS) provisions.
This plan, prepared in accordance with Section 8(1) of the FOI Act describes how the ANMM proposes to implement and administer the IPS in respect of its own information holdings, addressing:
The ANMM aims to foster an internal culture in which opportunities for publication of our information holdings are proactively identified, assessed and where appropriate implemented, as part of an implementation of the IPS that not only efficiently meets the requirements of the FOI Act but also enhances performance of our functions and facilitates appropriate public engagement.
The purpose of this plan is therefore to show what information the ANMM proposes to publish, how and to whom the information will be published and how the requirements of Section 8 IPS of the FOI Act will be otherwise complied with.
The Assistant Director, Public Engagement and Research Division is designated by the ANMM as the senior officer responsible for leading the compliance with the IPS.
The Division Head will be assisted as required by the Executive Officer, Governance and an IPS Project Team which will be chaired by the Web Development Officer and which will also comprise the Records Manager and the Web Manager. Notwithstanding these arrangements all ANMM division heads also have a role to play in ensuring that published information is accurate, up-to-date and complete.
The ANMM also recognises that ongoing efforts will be required to improve the accessibility of information published. The ANMM aims to make IPS documents as easily discoverable and machine-readable as possible, and where documents are prepared primarily for the purpose of publication as part of the IPS, also aims to make them as understandable as possible.
There will be no charge for accessing or downloading information that has been published on the IPS. If information is requested in paper format, or another format, it may be necessary to impose a charge. If charges are necessary for any IPS document which it is impracticable to publish online, the charge will be:
To promote the ease of discovery, comprehensibility and machine-readability of IPS information holdings the ANMM will:
The ANMM will, so far as appropriate, make its IPS information holdings available for reuse on open licensing terms. There may be documents that are required to be published under the IPS where a third party has intellectual property rights. In these circumstances, members of the public may need to seek permission of a third party copyright owner in order to re-use the material.
Under existing policies, all online publication is to take into account WCAG 2.0 requirements. As far as possible, information will be published in formats including HTML and RTF, or printed information will be provided on reasonable request.
The ANMM will publish documents required to be published under the IPS (s 8(2), or links to the documents, in the Freedom of Information section of the website under the following headings.
Agency plan (s 8(2)(a))
The IPS section will house a copy of this plan or its most up-to-date successor.
Who we are (s 8(2)(b) and s 8(2)(d))
The IPS section will include an organisation chart, information about employment with the ANMM including the latest Employment Agreement and information about statutory appointments.
For relevant statutory appointments, the ANMM will publish the name of the person appointed, the length or term of appointment, the position to which the person is appointed (and particulars of the position) and the provision of the Act under which the person is appointed.
What we do (s 8(2)(c) ands 8(2)(j))
This will outline information about the functions and powers of the ANMM and its Council together with information about its programs and services.
Our reports and responses to Parliament (s 8(2)(e) and s 8(2)(h))
This will include links to the full texts of annual reports tabled in Parliament, strategic plans and file lists.
Routinely requested information (s 8(2)(g) and s 11C)
This will include information in documents to which access is routinely given in response to FOI requests. The ANMM will list these documents in its disclosure log published under s 11C of the FOI Act, which requires agencies to publish information contained in documents to which the agency has provided access under the FOI Act.
Consultation (s 8(2)(f))
If the ANMM undertakes public consultation on a specific policy proposal then this section will include information about how and to whom a comment may be submitted by members of the public.
Contact us (s 8(2)(i))
The ANMM will establish generic telephone numbers and email addresses for members of the public to use for contact about access to information or documents under the FOI Act. These will not change with staff movements.
The ANMM may from time to time publish on the IPS section of its website select other information that it holds (in addition to the information published under s 8(2), that is not subject to exemption, taking into account the objects of the FOI Act (s 8(4)). Optional information will be published under the following headings.
This may include operational plans, assessments and reviews.
This may include financial information relating to pay and grading structures, procurement procedures, tendering and contracts.
This may include agency contracts, grants and appointments.
This may include submissions to Parliamentary committees and other agencies.
This may include Council charters and operational policies covering such matters as procurement, email and internet usage, harassment, maternity leave and workplace diversity.
The ANMM is currently migrating the content of its website to a new platform that conforms with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (Version 2) (WCAG 2.0) AA. The migration will be completed mid-late in 2012. ANMM information is currently published in PDF format but PDFs will be converted to HTML by June 2012.
Going forward the ANMM will publish any new IPS documents in both PDF and HTML as soon as they are available for publication. From the completion of the website migration to a WCAG 2.0 compliant platform, all new IPS documents will conform to the WCAG 2.0
The ANMM will review and update this plan at least annually. It will also review the operation of its IPS at least once every five years in conjunction with the Information Commissioner.
Requests for information can be made to:
The Freedom of Information Contact Officer
Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street
PYRMONT NSW 2009
Telephone (02) 9298 3777
Other comments and queries on or in relation to the ANMM's IPS information holdings may also be made to firstname.lastname@example.org as a default point of contact, in addition to any other points of contact provided in or in relation to particular documents. Public comments and queries will be referred to the appropriate line area within the ANMM for timely response.
Chief Finance Officer - Finance
Disclosure may be lodged orally or in writing, and the Discloser can remain anonymous. Any disclosures lodged in writing must be forwarded in a sealed envelope clearly marked “for addressee only”.
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