Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation of cultural heritage professionals formed as a national chapter of ICOMOS International in 1976. Australia ICOMOS’ mission is to lead cultural heritage conservation in Australia by raising standards, encouraging debate and generating innovative ideas. Australia ICOMOS has a Mission Statement, an Ethical Commitment Statement and a Code of Ethics.
Australia ICOMOS is also bound by the ICOMOS Statutes (these are the Statutes set by ICOMOS International).
In addition to the goals and activities presented below, Australia ICOMOS’ strategic priorities are outlined in the Australia ICOMOS Strategic Plan – October 2011.
The goals of Australia ICOMOS are to:
- Ensure that the organisation retains a leadership role in conservation philosophy and practice for culturally significant places
- Promote an understanding of the cultural significance of places and raise conservation standards through education and communications
- Inform and influence key decision makers concerning Australia ICOMOS’ aims and approaches to conservation philosophy and practice
- Participate in the international arena, both within and beyond the ICOMOS International family
- Develop, maintain and support a broad-based membership through effective administration
Australia ICOMOS acts as a national and international link between public authorities, institutions and individuals involved in the study and conservation of all places of cultural significance. Nationally, Australia ICOMOS regularly undertakes the following activities:
- Organises annual conferences, seminars and workshops for cultural heritage professionals and students
- Prepares submissions on cultural heritage legislation and/or guideline reviews
- Lobbies government on national heritage issues such as funding, legislation, site protection, listing and protocol
- Provides expert advice to government and non-government working groups
- Currently supports an Australian member of the ICOMOS International Executive Committee whose representation is vital to maintain strong international links, relationships and knowledge of the larger ICOMOS body
The Australia ICOMOS membership currently consists of over 500 members (full members, young professionals, associates and institutions) and is managed by an Executive Committee of 15 members, elected from the membership every two years. The Executive Committee is responsible for contributing to national programs and participating in decisions of ICOMOS as an international organisation. Our members participate in a range of conservation activities including site visits, training, conferences and meetings organised at the national or state level.
Internationally, a number of members represent Australia ICOMOS on various ICOMOS International Scientific Committees, as well as on expert committees and boards in Australia. Currently, Australia ICOMOS also has an elected member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS International and many members attend the triennial General Assembly.