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The Culture Portal at www.culture.gov.au will close from 1 July 2010.
The Culture Portal closure is part of the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009-10 announced on 2 November 2009 by the Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP. This measure will provide savings of nearly $0.8 million over three years starting from 2010–11. (See http://www.budget.gov.au/2009-10/content/myefo/html/appendix_a_03.htm)
The Culture Portal was launched in 2001, developed from the platform of Australia's Cultural Network (ACN), available since 1997, as part of a vision of a national network providing wide electronic access to cultural material. It was the premier online access point for Australian culture.
The closure of the Culture Portal was a policy decision in order to reduce duplication with other websites that provide information on Australia's cultural resources.
Options to transfer some of the existing information and resources to other relevant websites will be explored.
A schedule of the closure process provides deadlines for close of public submissions.
A frequently asked questions (FAQ) page aims to clarify the closure process for users.
The announcements - transfer of functions and content page will provide information about the transfer of functions and content.
Enquiries by stakeholders regarding this closure process should be addressed to:
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