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Vision and Values


The National Portrait Gallery of Australia (Gallery) is a corporate Commonwealth entity established by the National Portrait Gallery of Australia Act 2012 (‘the Act’).

The Gallery’s functions, as described in the Act, are to:

  • develop, preserve, maintain, promote and provide access to a national collection consisting of portraits (including portraits that reflect the identity, history, diversity and culture of Australia), other works of art and related material; and
  • develop and engage a national audience in relation to that collection and other portraits, works of art or related material including through exhibitions, education, research, publications and public and online programs.

In performing its functions, the Gallery is, as far as practical, to use every endeavour to make the most advantageous use of the national collection in the national interest, and promote the efficient, effective, economical and ethical use of public resources.

The Gallery must comply with the directions set out in the Public Governance Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act 2013, and its attendant Rules, and employs its staff under the Public Service Act 1999.


The National Portrait Gallery aspires to reflect the face of Australia. We are the place where the national story unfolds with clarity, without complacency or self-satisfaction.

We use portraiture to tell Australian stories and to increase understanding and appreciation of Australian people – their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity.

Our values

we aim to inspire - In everything we do we strive to be an inspiration to the individual, the community and the nation.

we strive for excellence - We continue to innovate and challenge ourselves and we seek to lead in everything we do.

we are inclusive and accessible - We are approachable, friendly and welcoming of our visitors and each other. We strive to ensure that the Gallery, the collection and our programs – both on site and online - are accessible to all.

we operate with integrity - We are accountable and responsible for our actions and act with honesty and empathy, remaining true to our purpose. We respect the focus of our collection: the sitters and their stories, the artists, our visitors and each other.