Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 798

  1. [NEW ITEM] State of the Environment 2016 Presentation, 21 October, Canberra
  2. [NEW ITEM] Victorian Heritage Strategy – online survey invitation
  3. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS New Membership Applications & the 2018 US/ICOMOS Internship program
  4. [NEW ITEM] 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference, Mildura, 9-13 October 2017 – last chance to register
  5. [NEW ITEM] Celebrate the Chaffey Brothers Irrigation Works in Australia, 13 October, Mildura
  6. [NEW ITEM] Netherlands and Australia chart new course for our maritime heritage – Australia & Netherlands joint media release
  7. [NEW ITEM] Invitations from the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
  8. [NEW ITEM] Illuminate Series #2 Forum: ‘Preservation of Artisan and Rare Trade Skills – Our Collective Responsibility’ – presentations online
  9. [NEW ITEM] Sydney Open 2017 – tickets on sale!
  10. [NEW ITEM] International Institute Life Beyond Tourism courses, 2017-2018 program, Florence
  11. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news
  12. [NEW ISSUE] News from Réseau Art Nouveau Network
  13. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin
  14. NSC-ICH workshop, 20 October, Canberra
  15. NSC-ICH Annual Meeting & call for coordinating committee members, 20 October, Canberra
  16. REMINDER – Call for applications: 2018-2019 Getty Residential Grants
  17. Information Sessions: Heritage Act 2017 and Living Heritage Grants – October 2017, various locations
  18. Aboriginal cultural heritage reforms: public consultation open & an invitation to attend public information sessions (NSW)
  19. Talk on Brisbane Customs House, 19 October, Brisbane
  20. “Sydney’s Émigré Designers”, talk, Sydney, 20 October
  21. Launch of the Sydney Opera House Fourth Edition Conservation Management Plan, 11 October, SOH
  22. WA Heritage Council Heritage Grants Program – applications open
  23. Deakin University Master of Cultural Heritage DUAL AWARD with Master of World Heritage at Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany – APPLY NOW
  24. Conference on the Inclusive Museum, 6-8 September 2018, Spain – call for papers
  25. Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 27 September
  26. ICOFORT Rio 2017, 6-8 November 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – call for abstracts
  27. The Architectural Review New into Old Awards – applications open
  28. [NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Officer, Woollahra Municipal Council
  29. TENDER OPPORTUNITY Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project
  30. SITUATIONS VACANT Heritage Assessment Officer (x 2), Heritage Tasmania
  31. SITUATION VACANT Planning & Heritage Policy Officer, Sydney Opera House


1. [NEW ITEM] State of the Environment 2016 Presentation, 21 October, Canberra

The fifth edition of Australia’s State of the Environment Report shows Australia has made significant gains in improving our environment, but there is still work to do. Australia’s heritage remains vulnerable to both natural and human threats.

Hosted by the Museum of Australian Democracy in collaboration with Australia ICOMOS and GML Heritage. The presentation will be made by Professor Richard Mackay AM, M.ICOMOS.

For more information and RSVP details, see the State of the Environment 2016 Presentation-invitation.


2. [NEW ITEM] Victorian Heritage Strategy – online survey invitation

The Heritage Council of Victoria is considering the feasibility of preparing a new ‘Victorian Heritage Strategy’. The previous strategy – Victoria’s Heritage: Strengthening Our Communities – operated between 2006 and 2010, but in the period since there have been significant changes, which provide the context for considering a new Heritage Strategy.

A first stage is the preparation of a ‘feasibility study’ to look at the opportunities, scope and implications for a new Victorian Heritage Strategy.

As part of this process, stakeholders in Victoria’s heritage are being invited to use this short survey to express opinions about a new heritage strategy – the merits, issues, opportunities and priorities at the outset of the feasibility assessment.

The survey can be accessed here and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. (Please note that it is best to avoid Internet Explorer or to ensure that internet settings are Google compatible).

Your comments by 30 September would be greatly appreciated.


3. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS New Membership Applications & the 2018 US/ICOMOS Internship program

There are many benefits in joining ICOMOS – not only the fantastic people you will meet, but membership of Australia ICOMOS brings discounts at ICOMOS functions, at many conferences in Australia and internationally and on ICOMOS publications. The E-mail News provides a weekly bulletin board of information and events in Australia and overseas, including state-based events, conferences and site visits, as well as information on heritage publications, funding and grant opportunities, course details and job offers. Members also receive a number of issues annually of the Australia ICOMOS refereed journal Historic Environment. For all Full Members (including Young Professionals), the ICOMOS members’ card gives free or reduced-rate entry to many historic and cultural sites.

Australia ICOMOS welcomes new members in all the available membership categories, and particularly encourages students and young cultural heritage graduates to apply for membership. For further information go to the Membership page of the Australia ICOMOS website.


2018 US/ICOMOS Internship Program – you must be a member to apply

US/ICOMOS offers an international Summer Internship each year. Applications can be made by individuals who are either Full or Associate members of Australia ICOMOS and while there are no age restrictions, the program is designed for those nearing the end of their graduate programs (usually 2nd-year students) or individuals who have been working professionally for 1-3 years. Those who are eligible must apply for the program via Australia ICOMOS. The program runs annually for three months, usually between June and August.

The timing of the Call for Participants usually occurs late in the year, and often after the final annual meeting of the Executive Committee. Thus, we are inviting individuals who are interested in applying for the 2018 US/ICOMOS Internship Program to apply for Australia ICOMOS membership now – please note that Australia ICOMOS membership is a prerequisite for US/ICOMOS internship applications.

Individuals who are considering applying for Australia ICOMOS membership for the sole purpose of being eligible for the 2018 US/ICOMOS Internship Program should first read the Internship Program Overview information; note that the selection process for the US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program is highly competitive; less than one in five applications is successful.


Membership applications are only considered at meetings of the Executive Committee – in order for your application to be considered at the October 2017 Executive Committee meeting, please apply via the online form by COB Thursday 28 September 2017.

If further information is required, email the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat.


4. [NEW ITEM] 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference, Mildura, 9-13 October 2017 – last chance to register

Putting Water to Work – Steam Power, River Navigation and Water Supply
9-13 October 2017
Mildura, Victoria

“Putting Water to Work” will offer you insight into Australia’s rich engineering history – from the steam power that opened Australia’s inland waterways to navigation in the 19th century to the nation-building irrigation and water supply schemes that capitalised on Australia’s most precious resource.

For the latest update and details of registration options, click here.

NOTE: Standard (online) registration prices will apply until midnight, 2 October 2017 (AEDT).


5. [NEW ITEM] Celebrate the Chaffey Brothers Irrigation Works in Australia, 13 October, Mildura

Please join Engineers Australia and the American Society of Civil Engineers in recognising the engineering significance of the Chaffey Brothers Irrigation Works on Friday 13 October.

The works will be awarded an Engineering Heritage National Marker at an official Engineering Heritage Recognition Ceremony. During the ceremony the American Society of Civil Engineers will award the site an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

About the Chaffey Brothers

George and William Benjamin Chaffey made significant contributions to the development of irrigation for agricultural land in dry climates with several successful projects in California, USA and Mildura and Renmark, Australia in the 1880s.

Their combined skills allowed them to integrate engineering, social, commercial and agricultural techniques to develop irrigation colonies in very aggressive environments.

A self-taught engineer, George pushed the limits of the use of centrifugal pumps to achieve efficient, high volume pumping at an affordable cost for irrigation work. William pioneered dried fruit processing and wine making, helping to establish Australian excellence in these industries.

This is an Engineers Australia community event.

Attendance is complimentary. To secure your attendance, click on this link to register.


6. [NEW ITEM] Netherlands and Australia chart new course for our maritime heritage – Australia & Netherlands joint media release

Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information. In line with this commitment we are circulating the following joint media release from the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Canberra, dated 15 September 2017.

The Netherlands and Australia today signed a major new agreement on how our two countries jointly manage and research our shipwrecks, sunken relics and other underwater cultural heritage.

The Dutch explored the Australian coastline more than 150 years before James Cook and the two nations have worked together on maritime heritage for more than 40 years, culminating in last year’s highly successful celebrations of the anniversary of Dirk Hartog’s landing on the Australian continent.

Today’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) marks the most important review of our shared management arrangements since 1972. It seeks to encourage more joint projects and sharing of skills and resources, and to formally align our work with the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. This is only the third such MOU that Australia has entered into, after the USA and Indonesia, reflecting the significance of its shared maritime history with the Netherlands.

The Dutch Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Joke Brandt signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). Deputy Secretary Dean Knudson of the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy signed on behalf of the Australian Government. The signing took place at the National Library in Canberra, in the presence of its Director General Dr Marie-Louise Ayre amid the Library’s beautiful collection of old Dutch maps that show the extent of Dutch exploration of New Holland (Australia) by 1644. About two thirds of Australia had been mapped by that date.

As far back as 1606, Dutchman Willem Janszoon and his crew on the Duyfken made the first European landing on the Australian continent (at Pennefather River on the Gulf of Carpentaria). Many Dutch explorers, including Dirk Hartog and Abel Tasman, followed.

Some of the Dutch journeys to Australia did not end well. So far, four Dutch shipwrecks have been found in Australian waters, including the Batavia and the Zuytdorp. At least three more are still missing, among them the Aagtekerke and the Fortuyn. In 2016, the Netherlands and the Australian not-for-profit group Wreck Check jointly searched for the Fortuyn near the Cocos Keeling Islands and Christmas Island. More recently, Dutch and Australian maritime archaeologists from the Western Australian Museum and Flinders University conducted fieldwork at the sites of the Dutch shipwrecks Zeewijk and Batavia as part of the ‘Shipwrecks of the Roaring 40s’ project.

With advanced technology the collections are being re-investigated and the sites revisited.

Today’s Memorandum of Understanding provides a framework for more great work into 17th and 18th century life and seafaring, encompassing the earliest history of European encounters with the Australian coast and our shared underwater cultural heritage in the Indian Ocean and south-east Asian region.


7. [NEW ITEM] Invitations from the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

Harbour Trust Invites Community Feedback on Interpretation Strategy for Headland Park

The Harbour Trust is inviting the community and stakeholders to help share the rich history of Headland Park by providing feedback on its draft Interpretation Strategy for Headland Park. The Strategy aims to draw out various aspects of the site’s rich history and guide the addition of interpretative elements across the precinct that share this history.

Headland Park is one of Sydney’s most striking urban parklands, incorporating the former military sites at Chowder Bay, Georges Heights and Middle Head and connecting with Sydney Harbour National Park and Mosman Council reserves. It also has a rich Indigenous history. The urban parkland was first opened to the public in 2003 and has since become a thriving business park with a mix of commercial tenants, boutique cafes and art studios, and incorporates spectacular views of the harbour, bush tracks and recreation facilities.

“The Harbour Trust is developing an Interpretation Strategy to build on the existing heritage interpretation and further share the stories of the site’s Indigenous, military and submariner history as well as its modern history as an urban parkland,” said Harbour Trust CEO, Mary Darwell.


Harbour Trust Invites Volunteers to Join the Team at North Head Sanctuary 

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is inviting local residents to join the team of volunteers who help restore, enrich and share North Head Sanctuary by joining the Harbour Trust’s volunteer team, and is currently recruiting for Visitor centre, tour guide and restoration volunteers.

North Head Sanctuary comprises more than 80 buildings set in 72 hectares of natural bushland, and is uniquely managed by the Harbour Trust in recognition of its precious natural and environmental values.

“The Harbour Trust is supported by an incredible team of 250 volunteers who play an essential role in the work of the Harbour Trust and across our sites,” said Harbour Trust CEO, Mary Darwell. “Last financial year our volunteers contributed more than 29,000 hours of support,” she said.

“Volunteering at the Harbour Trust is a rewarding experience, providing the opportunity to work at extraordinary sites, such as North Head Sanctuary,” said Ms Darwell.



8. [NEW ITEM] Illuminate Series #2 Forum: ‘Preservation of Artisan and Rare Trade Skills – Our Collective Responsibility’ – presentations online

ISS Institute recently held our second Illuminate Series Forum, which gave us a chance to hear from an array of past Fellows and organisational supporters who work in the fields of conservation, heritage and rare trades. The event also gave us an opportunity to launch our Ian Potter Foundation supported ‘National Artisans and Rare Trades Network’.
We were thrilled to have close to 140 people attend, but if you couldn’t make it visit our YouTube channel to view all of the presentations. We would like to extend a big thanks to the La Trobe University students who filmed the event!


9. [NEW ITEM] Sydney Open 2017 – tickets on sale!

Sydney Open returns on 4 and 5 November and tickets to our hugely popular Focus Tours are now available!

A weekend for the curious and intrepid, Sydney Open invites you to see inside the heritage treasures that trace the city’s beginnings and the architectural wonders that are shaping its present and future. With over 40 buildings across the CBD, Redfern and Eveleigh to explore plus our limited-access Focus Tours, start planning your Sydney Open weekend and secure your tickets.  



10. [NEW ITEM] International Institute Life Beyond Tourism courses, 2017-2018 program, Florence

The International Institute Life Beyond Tourism is offering four different courses over the 2017/2018 period, aimed to offer training with a multidisciplinary approach of the Foundation’s Life Beyond Tourism Model.

All the courses will illustrate at different levels the cultural and economic approach and best practices of the Foundation’s Life Beyond Tourism®, to address cultural heritage identity protection and fruition and the management of travel and to contribute to the intercultural dialogue and local development.

For more information on the courses available, click here.


11. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news

To read the latest news from Heritage Tasmania, click on the link below.


12. [NEW ISSUE] News from Réseau Art Nouveau Network

To read the latest news from the Réseau Art Nouveau Network, click here.


13. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin

To read the latest Cambridge Heritage Research bulletin, click on the following link.


14. NSC-ICH workshop, 20 October, Canberra

‘Intangible and invisible: recognising intangible cultural heritage in place’ workshop
Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra
20 October 2017, 1.30 to 5pm

The National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC-ICH) invites you to come along to this workshop and engage with the challenge of making intangible cultural heritage visible in place-based heritage practice. The workshop will include case studies, each about a specific place and addressing issues such as:

  • contemporary cultural practice: how old does a cultural practice need to be?
  • significant cultural practices – significant heritage places: what is the connection?
  • if cultural practices have ceased: what then?
  • changing a place: how to protect against impacts on cultural practices?

We are looking for case studies for short 10 minute presentations. If you would like to present a case study, or know of a place example to suggest, please email the NSC-ICH.

There will be discussion groups asking: how can we bring ICH into place-based practice? This will help set an agenda for the NSC-ICH and Australia ICOMOS.

The workshop program and registration details will be available soon. For now, please save the date.


15. NSC-ICH Annual Meeting & call for coordinating committee members, 20 October, Canberra

Join the National Scientific Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (NSC-ICH) for their annual meeting at 5.15pm, 20 October, straight after their workshop, and find out more about the NSC, nominate for the coordinating committee or a working group, learn how to become a member and more. All welcome.

An agenda and nomination forms for the coordinating committee will be circulated soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact any of our current coordinating committee members if you’d like to enquire about getting involved with the coordinating committee or contribute to the NSC in any other way. Drop us an email at this address.


16. REMINDER – Call for applications: 2018-2019 Getty Residential Grants

The Getty Research Institute and the Getty Villa invite proposals for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Deadline: 2 October 2017

Monumentality (Research Institute)

The 2018–2019 academic year at the Getty Research Institute will be devoted to MONUMENTALITY. Monuments and the monumental address fundamental questions of art and architectural history such as size and scale. Applicants are encouraged to address monumentality in all of its distinct forms, as embodied by various cultures and powers throughout history. Research trajectories to consider include the role of monumentality as a tool for nation-building, the subversive potential of monument-making, and the monumental in buildings, sculptures, installations, murals, and even small-scale objects.

The Classical World in Context: Persia (Villa)

For a second year, the 2018-2019 term of the Getty Scholars Program at the Villa will address the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651. The Greeks viewed the Persian Empire, which reached from the borders of Greece to India, as a vastly wealthy and powerful rival and often as an existential threat. When the Macedonian king Alexander the Great finally defeated the Persians in 331 BC, Greek culture spread throughout the Near East, but native dynasties—first the Parthian (247 BC–AD 224) and then the Sasanian (AD 224–651)—soon re-established themselves. The rise of the Roman Empire as a world power quickly brought it, too, into conflict with Persia, despite the common trade that flowed through their territories. Priority will be given to research projects that are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, and that utilize a wide range of archaeological, textual, and other evidence.

Detailed application guidelines are available online.

For more information about each theme click here.

Please address inquiries to the Getty Research Grants Team by email.


17. Information Sessions: Heritage Act 2017 and Living Heritage Grants – October 2017, various locations

The Heritage Act 2017 commences operation on 1 November 2017 and introduces new streamlined processes and enforcement tools to ensure Victoria’s significant heritage places and objects are appropriately protected into the future.

The Victorian Government is also providing grant funding through the Living Heritage grants program, to protect heritage places and objects included in the Victoria Heritage Register that are considered to be ‘at risk’. The program has delivered two funding rounds to date and is supporting the conservation and activation of a diverse range of heritage places and objects across Victoria.

Information session are being run to assist stakeholders and members of the public to understand what changes are being introduced through the Heritage Act 2017 and what opportunities there are to apply for future heritage grant funding.

Presenters will include representatives from both Heritage Victoria and the Heritage Council of Victoria.

The sessions will run as below and participants must RSVP to secure a place – RSVP to the Heritage Act Review Team by email in accordance with the dates below stating your name, any organisation that you represent and the total number of places being reserved.

If there are particular aspects of either the new Heritage Act or the Living Heritage Grants program that you would like to see addressed in the presentations, you are welcome to highlight these in your RSVP.

Melbourne: 16 October 2017, 10:30-12:30 am
College of Surgeons, 250-290 Spring Street, East Melbourne
RSVP by: 12 October 2017

Bendigo: 18 October 2017, 1:00-3:00 pm
La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo
RSVP by: 13 October 2017

Geelong: 23 October 2017, 10:30-12:30 am
Library – Wurdi Youang South Room, 51 Little Malop Street, Geelong
RSVP by: 19 October 2017


18. Aboriginal cultural heritage reforms: public consultation open & an invitation to attend public information sessions (NSW)

The NSW Government is reforming the way Aboriginal cultural heritage is conserved and managed in New South Wales. We are seeking your feedback to help refine the proposed new legal framework. The three-month consultation period is now open and will run from 11 September to 18 December 2017.

Consultation will consist of a series of public information sessions and workshops to explain and seek feedback on the proposed new framework. You are invited to review information about the reforms proposals and register to attend an information session and workshop in your area.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) website provides a range of materials to assist you to understand the proposed new system and to provide feedback. These materials include:

  • short introductory videos
  • a Proposal Paper
  • Yarn Up Handbook
  • Frequently asked questions

We will also be holding the following public events:

  • information sessions at 19 locations around the state – for people to hear what is being proposed and to ask questions
  • workshops at the same locations a month later – for people to discuss issues and provide feedback on key areas of interest
  • webinars for people that are not able to attend an information session and for regular users of the system

Information about the reforms and how to register for an information session, workshop or webinar can be found on the reforms website. The Aboriginal-cultural-heritage-proposed-legal-framework flyer also identifies the locations, times and dates of these sessions.

If you have any questions, or if there is anything the OEH can do to help you or your organisation to engage during the coming consultation period, please either call 131 555 or email the reforms mailbox.


19. Talk on Brisbane Customs House, 19 October, Brisbane

Australia ICOMOS invites you to a talk on Brisbane Customs House

Since 1994, the former Brisbane Customs House has been the city presence of the University of Queensland. Dr Robert Riddel will talk about how this city landmark was conserved and adapted for its new use as well as the ongoing management of the venue’s heritage values.

Dr Robert Riddel was the Founding Director of Riddel Architecture before his practice joined with Conrad Gargett Architecture. He is now a Principal of Conrad Gargett with expertise in contemporary design, the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and heritage conservation. Robert has taught history and tutored in design studios at QUT and University of Queensland. He completed his PhD (2008) in architectural history at The University of Queensland where he is currently an Adjunct Professor. He has authored Conservation Management Plans for Australian Parliament House and the Queensland Cultural Centre, Southbank. Robert has been a member of Brisbane City Council’s Independent Design Advisory Panel, the AIA National Heritage Taskforce, is a former Queensland Heritage Council Member and is currently a member of the Minister’s Heritage Working Group.

When: 19 October, 5.45 access for a 6pm start
Where: Conrad Gargett Offices, 26th floor, 240 Queen St (access via Queen street lifts)

This is a free event, and will include drinks and nibbles following the talk.

There is also an open invitation for us to have dinner together in the Brasserie at Customs House (at your own expense).

Please RSVP to Matt Whincop by email by 13 October for catering purposes.


20. “Sydney’s Émigré Designers”, talk, Sydney, 20 October

The Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT Inc, in association with The Art Deco & Modernism Society of NSW & ACT Inc, invite you to “Sydney’s Émigré Designers”.

Immigration associated with the mass displacement of Europeans during World War II saw the numbers of Australians of European descent rise from around 1% in the 1930s to more than 10% by the 1960s. The impact of this cultural shift in food and lifestyle is often celebrated. But what about design? Rebecca Hawcroft will reveal the significant numbers of skilled European architects that came to Sydney in the pre and post-war years, their varied careers, the obstacles they faced and the impact they had on bringing modern design to Sydney. Catriona Quinn will look at the furniture in terms of the wider modernist designers working in that period.

Date: Friday 20 October
Time: 6:15 for 6:30pm SHARP
Venue: Auditorium at the rear of “Tusculum”, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point
Cost: C20th / Art Deco & Modernism / AIA Members: $20 pp; Non Members: $25 pp; Senior/Student/Disability & Disadvantaged concessions $15 pp (please provide details)

For more information and booking options, see the ‘Sydney’s Émigré Designers’ flyer.


21. Launch of the Sydney Opera House Fourth Edition Conservation Management Plan, 11 October, SOH


The Sydney Opera House and Australia ICOMOS invite you to attend a briefing about the Sydney Opera House’s Fourth Edition Conservation Management Plan (CMP), titled Respecting the Vision: Sydney Opera House – A Conservation Management Plan.

Architect, heritage specialist and author of the CMP, Alan Croker, will talk about the development process for the Fourth Edition CMP and how it builds on the Third Edition (2003) by the late James Semple Kerr. He will also provide an overview of the structure of the document, including summary of significance, significance rankings, conservation policies and Tolerance and Opportunities for Change tables, which are an important tool in the new CMP.

When: Wednesday 11 October, 5.30 – 7.00pm
Where: Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
RSVP: by Friday 29 September to Lily Black, Planning and Heritage Coordinator by email


22. WA Heritage Council Heritage Grants Program – applications open

The Heritage Grants Program is now open for applications. Applications close at 12pm, Tuesday 31 October 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

About the Heritage Grants Program

The Heritage Council’s annual Heritage Grants Program offers assistance to private owners of State Registered heritage places to undertake urgent conservation works, or develop conservation management plans or strategies. Grants of up to $100,000 are available through a competitive process and owners are required to match funds to the projects.

For more information and to apply, visit the WA Heritage Council website.


23. Deakin University Master of Cultural Heritage DUAL AWARD with Master of World Heritage at Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany – APPLY NOW

Applications are now OPEN for 2018 entry to Deakin’s long-standing and internationally recognised post-graduate programs in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. We offer flexible learning options at the Melbourne Burwood Campus or online.

We are delighted to offer a unique dual award with our partners at the World Heritage Studies program at BTU-Cottbus in Germany. To join our 4th dual award cohort in March, please apply online to enrol in the Master of Cultural Heritage, and also send an Expression of Interest letter to Kristal Buckley by email by 30 September 2017. For further information including how to apply, see our blog.


24. Conference on the Inclusive Museum, 6-8 September 2018, Spain – call for papers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Eleventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, held 6–8 September 2018 at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.

Founded in 2008, the International Conference on the Inclusive Museum brings together a community of museum practitioners, researchers, and thinkers. The key question addressed by the conference: How can the institution of the museum become more inclusive? In this time of fundamental social change, what is the role of the museum, both as a creature of that change, and perhaps also as an agent of change?

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

Submit your proposal by 6 October 2017

We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

For more information, visit the conference website.


25. Deakin University Cultural Heritage Seminar, Melbourne, Wednesday 27 September

Deakin University’s next Cultural Heritage Seminar will be a presentation by Ali Mozaffari (Deakin University), on “Picturing Pasargadae: Visual Representation and the Ambiguities of Heritage in Iran”.


This paper probes the relationship between visual representations and visitation practices at Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Iran. Presenting a systematic analysis of publicly-available, online images of Pasargadae, the paper complicates the relationship between the place and its visual representations. Through analysis, the paper elaborates on a sense of intimacy that, while grounding Pasargadae, is also a potential common ground in pre-Islamic heritage in which the Iranian state and society could at once meet and contest versions of identity. Examining this relationship facilitates reflections into both heritage and the peculiarities of its visual representation in the Iranian context.


Ali Mozaffari is a Research Fellow with the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University, Melbourne and Adjunct Research Fellow at the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute (AAPI), Curtin University. He is the author of Forming National Identity in Iran: The Idea of Homeland Derived from Ancient Persian and Islamic Imaginations of Place (I.B. Tauris, 2014) and editor of World Heritage in Iran: Perspectives on Pasargadae (Routledge, 2016). Mozaffari’s current trans-disciplinary research is on various aspects of architecture and heritage in contemporary Muslim societies.​

Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017

Time: 5.00pm

Venue: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins St, Tower 2, Level 12

Venue Tip: Deakin’s new city centre campus is between Southern Cross Station and Docklands, on tram routes 11 and 48 (Stop D15). Entry is via Tower Two. The reception desk directs you to an escalator to a bank of lifts and Deakin Downtown is on Level 12.


26. ICOFORT Rio 2017, 6-8 November 2017, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – call for abstracts

ICOFORT Rio 2017
International Meeting on Fortifications And Military Heritage
6 – 8 November 2017
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On behalf of ICOFORT Brazil we are extending you a cordial invitation to participate in the International Meeting of Fortifications and Military Heritage – ICOFORT Rio 2017. The event will aim to discuss experiences and academic research in the areas of management, innovation, memory, conservation and tourist-cultural use of fortifications. Also, a Round Table will take place during the event on the ICOFORT Charter on Fortifications and related heritage; guidelines for protection, conservation and interpretation.

Persons interested in participating should send their abstracts directly to this e-mail address no later than 30 September 2017. Given the short time between this announcement and the event, the final works, which will be part of a publication produced by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, could be send after the event, until 31 January 2018.

Unfortunately we do not have sufficient financial resources to cover the costs of guests, as we would like. But if any member needs a direct invitation to obtain financial support from your institution, please make the request directly to this OTHER email address – please use this email only for the request of letter of invitation.

The event is been organized by ICOFORT and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with support from ICOMOS Brazil, The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Federal University of Pernambuco, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Federal University of Pará and Federal University of Bahia.

The information, registration forms and submission system of abstracts can be found at the conference website.


27. The Architectural Review New into Old Awards – applications open

The Architectural Review (AR) has long championed creative re-use, and the subject has become of significant new interest because of the carbon implications of retrofit rather than replacement.

The AR is looking for projects completed in the last 5 years that have had their life extended by the insertion of new uses rather than demolition and replacement.

International in scope and propositional in outlook, the AR Awards commend and celebrate design excellence and innovation across a range of building types. The AR is at the heart of global architecture and this exciting awards programme seeks out transformative, leading edge projects from around the world.

Entry Deadline: 29 September 2017

For more information, visit the Architectural Review website.


28. [NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Officer, Woollahra Municipal Council

Heritage Officer

  • Annual salary for 21 hours per week up to $57,769.74 + market rate allowance up to $6,260.47 + super
  • Part time role – 7 hours per day, 3 days a week
  • Modern harbourside offices with beach and garden surrounds

Woollahra has a rich and diverse history and natural setting that is represented in Victorian, Federation and inter-war buildings, precincts, settings and streetscapes. Council is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced person to join its heritage team in caring for this environmental heritage, which has a local, regional and, in many instances, a nationally recognised level of heritage significance.

Your primary role is to provide expert heritage advice on development applications. Your skills and expertise in heritage impact assessment and working knowledge and experience with building design and construction will be critical to this role. You will also be required to provide general advice on heritage related matters and assist with the preparation of conservation policy from time to time.

Essential Criteria

  • Demonstrated current working experience in assessing heritage significance and carrying out heritage impact assessments in the built environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and current working experience with heritage conservation best practice in the built environment
  • A tertiary qualification in architecture or an associated discipline and demonstrated skills and experience in building design
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and current working experience with NSW local and state heritage legislation and NSW Heritage Division guidelines
  • Demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well-developed skills in the use of PC software including Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated commitment to the provision of quality customer service
  • A Class C driver’s licence

Desirable Criteria

  • A tertiary qualification in heritage conservation or town planning
  • Experience with appeals in the Land and Environment Court
  • Mediation and facilitation skills and experience

How to apply

  • View the full Position Description & apply online by clicking here
  • You will be asked to demonstrate how you meet each of the selection criteria
  • If you have a separate statement addressing the selection criteria, please upload it as a cover letter and simply refer to it in the online questionnaire
  • You will be able to upload 2 documents only.
  • For information on applying for Council jobs, please visit this link
  • For further information about the role, please contact Chris Bluett, Manager Strategic Planning on (02) 9391 7083 during business hours
  • Our preference is for applications to be submitted online, however, we will accept hard copy applications addressed to Human Resources, Woollahra Council, PO Box 61, Double Bay, NSW, 1360

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 3 October 2017

Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Woollahra Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

We value:

  • Respect for people
  • Integrity and excellent performance
  • Professional, quality service
  • Open, accountable communication


29. TENDER OPPORTUNITY Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project


Request for Tender – Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground Project

The area now known as the Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) Aboriginal Burial Ground is a very significant place for the Aboriginal people of Western Australia. The site contains the remains of Aboriginal men and boys incarcerated on Rottnest Island during the Island’s use as an Aboriginal prion from 1838-1904, and subsequent forced labour camp for Aboriginal prisoners during the years following until 1931.

It is estimated that at least 370 of the approximately 4,000 men and boys who were imprisoned on the Island are buried at this site in unmarked graves.

In 2005-06, the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) engaged a consultant to meet with Aboriginal community representatives throughout the Western Australian to determine how the community would like to see the burial ground recognised and conserved. From this consultation process a Concept Plan was developed that informs a three-phase conservation project.

Phase One, implemented in 2015, involved the removal of intrusive infrastructure; construction of a pathway around the perimeter and basic interpretation at the main entrance.

Phase Two will involve consultation with the Aboriginal community, development of a cohesive landscape and interpretation design and implementation of the works.

The Rottnest Foundation advertised a Request for Tender for the first part of Phase Two in The West Australian newspaper on 9 September 2017 and on their website. Details of who to contact for more information will be included in these advertisements.

Phase Three (yet to be funded) will involve commissioning Western Australian Aboriginal artists to design artworks that will be installed at the Burial Ground to represent the Aboriginal men and boys that lie buried at the site.


30. SITUATIONS VACANT Heritage Assessment Officer (x 2), Heritage Tasmania

Heritage Tasmania is seeking to fill two vacancies for Heritage Assessment Officers in our Launceston and Hobart offices. The positions will facilitate the identification, understanding and conservation of Tasmania’s historic heritage, with a focus on conducting historical research, coordinating registration processes, and conducting heritage assessments for the Tasmanian Heritage Register in accordance with the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995.

Further details can be viewed at this link.

Closing date: Monday 25 September 2017.


31. [NEW] SITUATION VACANT Planning & Heritage Policy Officer, Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is an iconic Australian institution that embodies beauty, inspiration and the liberating power of art and ideas. Our vision is to be as bold and inspiring as the Opera House itself.

Our mission is twofold:

  • To treasure and renew the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors
  • To inspire and strengthen the community, through everything we do

For more information about the Sydney Opera House please refer to our website.


The role provides expert advice in relation to planning and heritage matters affecting Sydney Opera House to meet obligations under relevant planning and heritage policies and legislation.

Further more detailed information about the role and its requirements can be obtained from the role description.


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and experience in the delivery of construction, conservation or interpretation projects in a multi-disciplinary public venue, museum or heritage environment
  • Knowledge of current heritage conservation principles and practices in Australia, NSW Government Sector policy and standards, as well as the State and Commonwealth legislative environment
  • High level business and commercial acumen complimented with knowledge of contemporary trends in heritage conservation and architecture
  • Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex policy issues in a clear and consistent manner to a variety of internal and external stakeholders

For more information and to apply, visit the i work for nsw website.

Applications close: 24 September 2017 (11:59 PM)


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