Donations and gifts

Dorothy Braund

Cultural Gifts Program

The Cultural Gifts Program encourages Australians to donate items of cultural significance from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives. Since its establishment in 1978, over $680 million worth of items have been donated through the Cultural Gifts Program. This includes visual and decorative arts, Indigenous arts and cultural artefacts, social history and scientific collections and archival material.

The program is administered in accordance with the gift provisions of the income tax law. For more information on the Cultural Gifts Program please visit

Tax incentives

As a donor, you will be eligible for the following tax incentives under the program:

  1. The market value of the gift is fully tax deductible, with some exceptions.

  2. You can elect to spread the deduction over up to five income years.

  3. Gifts are exempt from capital gains tax.

You may also claim a tax deduction for the cost of valuations obtained specifically for this program. Please note, gifts bequeathed under a will or made by executors of deceased estates are not tax deductible and do not qualify for the program.

Benefiting Australia’s cultural heritage

If you make a donation, you can be proud that your gift is helping develop Australia’s public cultural collections. You are also helping to preserve Australia’s cultural heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.


The Permanent Collection of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery has been significantly enriched through many gifts by individuals of works of art that strongly accord with our Acquisitions Policy. Some artists who are now well represented in our collection through CGP donations are: Charles Bennett, George Bell, Dorothy Braund, John Spooner and Mike Green.

If you require more information please discuss this program with the MPRG’s Director Danny Lacy on or MPRG Collections Curator Narelle Russo on