Organisation and functions
ACMI (formerly known as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) is Australia’s national museum of film, TV, videogames, digital culture and art. ACMI was established by the State Government in 2002, under the Film Act 2001.
In performing its functions and duties and exercising its powers under the Film Act 2001, ACMI represents the Crown.
The Film Act 2001 empowers the ACMI Board to promote ACMI as a national centre for the creation and exhibition of the moving image, to develop and make available collections and to conduct research and public education in the moving image.
The ACMI Board consists of not more than 11 members and not fewer than 7 members appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister. The ACMI Board has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with, or as incidental to, the performance of its functions.
Functions of ACMI as set out in Section 23, Film Act 2001 Act No. 87/2001
(a) to promote and exhibit, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, the moving image to the public or to any sector of the public;
(b) to develop, control, manage, operate and promote ACMI and any facilities under the control of ACMI;
(c) to promote, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, ACMI as a national centre for the creation and exhibition of the moving image and promotion of events or activities including festivals, conferences, publications or exhibitions, where film or other screen-based programs are made, seen or discussed;
(d) to establish, maintain, conserve, develop, promote and exhibit, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, the collection of moving images;
(e) to make, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, any item from the collection of moving images available for study or loan to persons or institutions, subject to any conditions that ACMI determines;
(f) to promote, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, public education and discussion with reference to the moving image;
(g) to develop and create, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, exhibitions of the moving image;
(h) to develop and create, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, materials for educational or other programs conducted by ACMI;
(i) to conduct, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, research and development in relation to the moving image;
(j) to develop relationships or enter into partnerships with other organisations, including government bodies, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, to promote public education in relation to the moving image.
Categories of documents
ACMI creates a broad range of documents and records in the course of its work. All records are stored electronically and at times, also in hard copy.
Document types include:
- Policies and procedures
- briefings and reports
- meeting minutes and records
- financial records
- training and education material
- employee records
- operational records
- images, audio recordings and videos
Freedom of information arrangements
The FOI Act provides members of the public with the right to request access to documents held by ACMI. The object of the FOI Act is to extend the right of the community to access information about their personal affairs and the activities of the Government and other bodies constituted under the law of Victoria.
Freedom of information requests should be made in writing, describing the documents requested. An application fee (set by the FOI Act) is required and other charges may apply to Freedom of Information requests. Charges other than the application fee may be waived if the request is a routine request or for access to a document related to the applicant’s personal affairs. The application fee can be reduced or waived if the applicant would be caused hardship because they had to pay the fee.
Requests should be forwarded to the Lesley Gillan, FOI Officer, PO Box 14 Flinders Lane Victoria Australia 8009 or Human.firstname.lastname@example.org
ACMI produces a range of publications which can be accessed through our website. This includes but is not limited to:
- Annual reports
- Privacy Statement
- Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy
- ACMI Gifts Register
- ACMI Collection Development Strategy
ACMI also has a membership subscription e-news.
Policies and procedures are in place to govern the daily operations of ACMI and support its administrative functions.