Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 294

An information service provided by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Friday 10 August 2007

1)  Historic Environment
2)  Management Plan Guidelines for Commonwealth Heritage Places
3)  Government media releases:
        Illegally exported fossils returned to Argentine Republic
        National heritage listing for Wave Hill walk-off route
4)  New Title: A reflection on the function of culture in building citizenship capacity
5)  World Heritage Studies  Master of Arts Programme
6)  Opportunity for Leverhulme PD Fellowship in Uni. of Leicester, Dept. of Museum Studies
7)  Situation Vacant: ACNT Executive Officer
8)  Heritage Consultant/Archaeological Vacancies in Sydney
9)  Situation Vacant: Heritage Architect or Assistant
10)  Situation Vacant: NSW Heritage Office - Director


1) Historic Environment

As I am sure has become evident to most Australia ICOMOS members and subscribers there has been a delay in the publication and distribution of Historic Environment over the past 12 months. This has unfortunately but unavoidably arisen through the combined down-time resulting from a changeover in not only the Editor of Historic Environment but also the Executive Committee member responsible for Australia ICOMOS Publications more broadly.

We remain very grateful to Aedeen Cremin for her immense contribution as the previous Editor and, as has been previously advised, are very excited to have Tim Winter now active in this role.

The transfer between the two editors involved a hiatus of some months but Tim has spent considerable time and energy since taking up the role in working with the co-ordinators of the last three Australia ICOMOS conferences to compile sets of papers that will soon be published to meet the backlog of editions. Corrugations  the romance and reality of historic roads is in the final stages of editing, to be followed by the papers from the Railway Heritage and Port Cities conferences.

In addition we have a set of papers from independent contributors for a soon to be finalised edition around the broad theme of heritage on the margins. We have space to include a small number of other papers relevant to this topic but as you can understand have an extremely tight deadline for receipt. If you would like to submit a paper, and can have it finalised before the end of September can you please contact Tim Winter at Both Tim and Jane Harrington (Publications Committee Chair) are confident that the backlog of editions will be caught up in the not too distant future, and can provide reassurance that although there has been a delay the full complement of editions will be published.

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate contact either Jane ( or Tim.


2) Management Plan Guidelines for Commonwealth Heritage Places

The latest version of these guidelines (November 2006) prepared by the Department of the Environment & Water Resources are available for download at...


3) Government media releases

TITLE: Illegally exported fossils returned to Argentine Republic
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: Media Release THE HON JOHN COBB MP Assistant Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Member for Parkes 6 August 2007 ILLEGALLY EXPORTED FOSSILS RETURNED TO ARGENTINE REPUBLIC The Australian Government today showed a strong commitment to stopping the flow of illegally exported cultural heritage by formally returning 130 kilograms of seized dinosaur and plant fossils to His Excellency Mr Pedro Villagra Delgado, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic.

TITLE: National heritage listing for Wave Hill walk-off route
PORTFOLIO: Environment and Water Resources
SNIPPET: MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Thursday, 9th August, 2007 T138/07 NATIONAL HERITAGE LISTING FOR WAVE HILL WALK-OFF ROUTE The sites of a defining moment in Australian history and a turning point in Indigenous relations have been given Australia's highest heritage recognition--inclusion in the National Heritage List, the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Malcolm Turnbull said today.


4) New Title: A reflection on the function of culture in building citizenship capacity

Recondita armonia - A reflection on the function of culture in building citizenship Capacity (Policy note No.10) (03/08/2007)

Culture is sometimes taken as the icing on the cake, an additional flavour to spice up ordinary life or simply as entertainment. A political approach, however, broaches the question of the impact of culture on citizens and society. Two key issues are to determine how cultural participation relates to democracy and whether culture can foster active citizenship. This book explores the social effects of culture arid explains how cultural participation contributes to building citizenship in modern, democratic societies. Culture is described as a strategic asset which can help meet the challenges of growing diversity and the complexity of life today. Policy makers should consider its added value in relation to making democracy work and enhancing social cohesion and inclusion. Cultural policies should seek to optimise this great potential
Author(s) Dick Stanley
ISBN 978-92-871-6211-3
Format A5
No. of pages 135
Price 17 €/ 26 $   + 10% postage

To place an order directly

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5) World Heritage Studies  Master of Arts Programme

At Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus, Germany

World Heritage Studies is a unique and innovative programme that takes up the technical, socio-economic, cultural, ecological and political challenges related to the protection of World Heritage by the means of an interdisciplinary curriculum.  It cuts across all faculties of BTU. 

The program is taught in English.
For details including application deadlines please consult the website

Programme Director: Prof Dr. Marie-Theres Albert

Programme Coordinator


6) Opportunity for Leverhulme Post-doctoral Fellowship in University of Leicester, Dept. of Museum Studies

To Museum and Heritage Researchers

The Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester is seeking expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers with an exciting museum and/ or heritage related research project which would benefit from a 9-10 month fellowship in the Department. Fellows are encouraged not only to conduct research but also to give lectures and seminars and to participate in the intellectual life of the institution.

This Leverhulme Visiting Fellowship:
·        is for 9-10 months and must begin no later than February 2009
·        has a living allowance of up to 1,750 per month
·        pays for a return airfare between country of residence and the UK
·        provides up to ?700 towards travel and subsistence for conference attendance, research trips etc.
·        candidates with less than 8 years post-doctoral research
·        candidates must be citizens of, and resident in, a country other than the UK, and should intend to return to that country at the end of the Fellowship.
Applications should consist of the following:
·        Brief CV of candidate;
·        Summary of proposed research and other activities (around 100 wds);
·        Indication of duration;
·        Breakdown of costs and any internal or other external support provided.
Please email your application to Dr Lisanne Gibson ( by 5pm (GMT) 21st September 2007. We will consider applications for submission of the best application to the University for consideration by the University's 8th October 2007 deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please direct all enquiries to Dr Lisanne Gibson at the contact details listed below.

Lisanne Gibson BA, PhD (Griffith)
Department of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
105 Princess Road East
Leicester, LE17LG, UK
Ph: +44 (0) 116 252 5719


7) Situation Vacant: Executive Officer

Australian Council of National Trusts
A full time position located in Canberra

The Australian Council of National Trusts (ACNT) is a not for profit company, a leader in providing advice and advocacy for heritage matters in Australia and the national body representing individual State and Territory National Trusts.

Applications are invited for the position of Executive Officer of the ACNT

The EO is accountable to the ACNT Board.

The successful applicant will have the following competencies:
·        Extensive understanding, experience or qualifications in the heritage area
·        Excellent management, advocacy and leadership skills
·        Good financial and budgeting skills
·        Demonstrated ability to partner funding bodies and stakeholders
·        High level communication and interpersonal skills
·        Ability to manage staff in a small office environment

Ability to travel and work flexible hours is essential.

An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

An information package including position description and Key Selection Criteria is available from Patrick Comben 02 6642 4122; 0429424122

Written applications addressing the Selection Criteria must be received no later than 13th August 2007


8) Heritage Consultant/Archaeological Vacancies in Sydney

Heritage Concepts Pty Ltd is a well established Sydney based archaeological and cultural heritage consulting firm providing a diverse range of services to government, corporate and private clients throughout Australia. We offer a total heritage service to our clients and work equally in the fields of Indigenous and non Indigenous heritage & archaeological management. Services typically offered include archaeological assessments, heritage assessments, heritage impact statements, archaeological excavations large and small, preparation of conservation management plans, archaeological zoning plans and planning review documents etc.

Our team is passionate about the work we do and has a core focus on providing ethically sound solutions to our client’s needs which adequately address the concerns of all community stakeholders. The company presently employs 2 principal archaeologists, 3 project archaeologists/researchers, 3 junior archaeologists/researchers and 1 part time historic artefact specialist.

Due to an increasing project load we are looking for a number of senior and mid level professionals to work in our Sydney office, located 5 minutes walk from Circular Quay.

Senior Consultant / Archaeologist
We are seeking a highly skilled archaeologist with demonstrated knowledge in Aboriginal cultural heritage management, excellent negotiation and communication skills, ability to think strategically, experience in the management of Aboriginal archaeological projects and an interest in business development.

The suitable candidate must have at least 5 years demonstrated experience working in the Aboriginal archaeological consulting industry and the ability to build effective working relationships with Aboriginal stakeholder groups and clients. The suitable candidate will show they can effectively manage assessment and excavation projects from start to finish and obtain excavation permits from the relevant NSW authorities.

Senior Consultant remuneration
We are prepared to offer a generous salary package (indicative range $65k -$100k depending on academic qualifications, experience and client list), tailored to the successful candidate’s needs and experience, including, after a qualifying period access to performance based bonus options. An assistance package will be available to a successful interstate candidate to help defray relocation costs.

Project Archaeologists / Heritage Consultants
We are also looking for candidates with a minimum of 12 - 24 months post graduation experience for the position of project archaeologists and/or heritage consultants. This role will involve carrying out Aboriginal and historical archaeological research, writing up predictive models under supervision etc, proving assistance in the field and general work within the office.

Successful applicants will be offered permanent, full time employment subject to an initial 3 month probationary period. Salary and conditions are negotiable and will be based upon the successful applicant’s experience.

Please email for a copy of the relevant position description and application procedure.


9) Situation Vacant: Heritage Architect or Assistant

Woodhead has a reputation for excellence, diversity and creativity in its heritage conservation services spanning more than thirty years. 

We work throughout Australia in close co-operation with all levels of Government, community groups, institutional bodies and the private sector in the management, conservation, preservation and adaptation of historic buildings and sites. 

Practicing with a well-established heritage team and in collaboration with our wider team of architects and designers the successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with existing national and state-based commissions involving:

-Preparation and presentation of heritage management plans.
-Provision of strategic advice on heritage issues.
-Documentation and management of heritage works.
-Condition assessments and building appraisals.
-Heritage value assessments.
-Heritage audits and statutory compliance reviews.
-Heritage landscape management plans.
-Adaptive re-use proposals and design / documentation.
-Maintenance plans.
-Environmental sustainability advice for heritage buildings and sites.

Candidates with experience in both conservation works and the adaptive re-use of heritage places will find this position attractive and professionally rewarding. A working knowledge of the Burra Charter and conservation principles as will as strong report writing skills are highly desirable.

We are prepared to consider practicing professionals or candidates from an academic background.

This is a permanent full time role. Our successful candidate will ideally be seeking to be based in either Adelaide or Melbourne. A salary package will be agreed commensurate with skills and experience. Flexible working arrangements are accessible.

Enquiries and registrations of interest are regarded as strictly confidential and should be submitted to Mark Murphy via e-mail to or by mail to the Group HR Manager, 26 Chesser Street, Adelaide SA 5000.


10) Situation Vacant : NSW Heritage Office - Director

Applications have been called for the position of Director, Heritage Office, NSW Department of Planning following Susan Macdonald's resignation to take up a position with the Getty Conservation Institute in October.

The Heritage Office, Department of Planning is a NSW government agency with responsibility for administration of the Heritage Act and for leadership and co-ordination of policy and strategies involving state and local government and the community to improve heritage conservation across the state.

DIRECTOR Senior Officer Level 2. Permanent full time. Total remuneration package valued up to $147,514 including salary of $124,873 to $133,678 Heritage Office (Pos No HO 07/XX). This officer will assist the Executive Director and provide leadership to the staff of the Office in the implementation of the NSW Government heritage policy.

Essential: Excellent leadership and management skills, vision, communication and negotiation skills. University qualifications in a heritage related field, practical professional experience and accumulated knowledge and interest in heritage conservation. Comprehensive knowledge of the needs, issues and challenges relating to heritage conservation. High level policy development skills gained in a senior position. High level communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability in managing organisational change in line with Public Sector reform principles. Proven ability in managing a multi-disciplinary teams with an understanding and commitment to the issues of equity, occupational health and safety, diversity and opportunity in human resource management. Commitment to ethical work practices.

An remuneration package within the Senior Officer Level 2 Band, will be negotiated. Information package : Lynne Barnes (02) 9873 8584. Inquiries Reece McDougall, Executive Director (02) 9873 8584.

Closing Date: 24 August 2007

Application form and full position description are available from

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