Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 905


  1. [NEW ITEM] ‘Burra Charter@40’ reception & Heritage of the Air conference
  2. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS Secretariat Office closure for the holiday season
  3. [NEW ITEM] VICOMITES Capitol Theatre Restoration Tour, Friday 13 December, Melbourne
  4. [NEW ITEM] GRAD SHOWS 2019 | Architecture and Design | Opening night, 10 December, University of Sydney
  5. [NEW ITEM] After-life: the digital future of visual history archives symposium, Melbourne, 9 March 2020 – call for presentations: deadline 6 January
  6. [NEW ITEM] PhD position available – Masonry Structures, Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Portugal: application deadline – 15 January 2020
  7. [NEW ITEM] Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2020 – application deadline 19 January
  8. [NEW ITEM] Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conference, Switzerland, 6-8 April 2020, early bird registration closes 15 January
  9. [NEW ITEM] Women In Design 2020+ conference, 8-10 January 2020, India
  10. [NEW ITEM] Interview: Prof Maamoun Abdulkarim on Saving Syria’s Antiquities
  11. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICOMOS – recap of the 2019 ICOMOS Annual Meetings in Marrakesh
  12. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House
  13. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums










1. [NEW ITEM] ‘Burra Charter@40’ reception & Heritage of the Air conference

A reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Burra Charter was held at the Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, on 15 November, during the Heritage of the Air conference. Following some reflections on the Charter by Ian Travers, out-going Australia ICOMOS President, guests enjoyed a talk by Denis Rose, a Gunditjmara man and Land Manager at the Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Corporation. Denis spoke insightfully and passionately about the background to the inscription of the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in the World Heritage List in July, surely the ‘good news’ heritage story of the year.

The reception was the sixth and final event held in locations across Australia during 2019 to acknowledge the Burra Charter’s anniversary. Between July and October, panel discussions were held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Burra and Hobart. These events were opportunities for members (and others) to reflect on the document’s success and evolution over the years, and to consider its capacity to respond to a changing heritage landscape.

During 2020, the Executive Committee will reflect on the outcomes of these events, and consider options for responding to issues arising. Further information will be forthcoming next year. The Executive Committee are extremely grateful to the organisations and individuals that have contributed to the success of the ‘BC@40’ events/discussions during 2019.

The Executive Committee would also like to extend thanks and admiration to the team that delivered the Heritage of the Air conference, particularly Tracy Ireland, convenor, and Ashley Harrison of the University of Canberra. The conference provided a rich, varied and stimulating program of events over four days.

Want to relive the celebrations? Click here!


2. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS Secretariat Office closure for the holiday season

The Australia ICOMOS office will be closed from noonish Friday 20 December 2019 to Tuesday 14 January 2020 inclusive. The office will re-open on Wednesday 15 January 2020, and the first e-newsletter for 2020 will be published on Friday 17 January.

The final e-newsletter for 2019 will be published on Friday 20 December 2019.

Please also note that the office will be staffed from a remote location during the week of 16-20 December 2019, inclusive.


3. [NEW ITEM] VICOMITES Capitol Theatre Restoration Tour, Friday 13 December, Melbourne

Australia ICOMOS members, and prospective members, are invited on a tour of the recently restored Capitol Theatre and Capitol Arcade (including canopy restoration works) with project architects Lucasta Clothier-Fairs and Tim Rodgers from Six Degrees Architects.

Capitol House, which contains the Capitol Theatre, was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in association with Peck and Kempter in 1924. The cinema is a Melbourne icon due to its ornate ceiling, designed to evoke a crystalline cave. Six Degrees Architects and Hutchison Builders completed the multi-million dollar refurbishment for RMIT University in June 2019, which involved the retention of the iconic geometric ceiling of the cinema and the restoration of the entrance.

We will head to the historic Oxford Scholar, located at 427 Swanston Street, Melbourne, for a drink following the tour (from 5:30pm onwards). Oxford Scholar has also just re-opened following an extensive renovation, undertaken by March Studio Architecture.

Location: 113 Swanston Street, Melbourne

When: 3:45pm-5pm, Friday 13 December

RSVP: by email to Caitlin Mitropoulos by Friday 6 December. Limited spaces available.


4. [NEW ITEM] GRAD SHOWS 2019 | Architecture and Design | Opening night, 10 December, University of Sydney


You are invited to attend the 2019 Graduate Exhibitions hosted by the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Please join us to celebrate the imagination, intellect, creativity and sheer effort of our talented graduating students.

Official Launch: 6.30pm

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Road, University of Sydney

>> More information and booking link


5. [NEW ITEM] After-life: the digital future of visual history archives symposium, Melbourne, 9 March 2020 – call for presentations: deadline 6 January

After-life: the digital future of visual history archives
ACAHUCH: Melbourne School of Design
Glyn Davis Building, The University of Melbourne
Monday 9 March 2020

Design practices and collecting institutions are united in grappling with the management and preservation of born-digital records and the ever-growing demands of digital archival collections.

The event

The annual Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) symposium for 2020 will bring together international and national experts, local professionals and designers. Speakers will assess lessons learned as we seek to continue to preserve, edit and share architectural and design-related documentation, and will discuss how to manage enduring access to digital design records including photographs, moving image, CAD, BIM, and 3D modelling.

Keynote speaker

Martien de Vletter Associate Director of the Collection at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal, where she is responsible for the digital preservation and access program. Prior to this she was a curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Rotterdam, and has also published widely on architecture and urbanism in the Netherlands and Indonesia.

Call for contributors and participants

We are seeking a limited number of presentation contributions on the following issues:

* How are leading cultural and academic institutions and architecture design practices considering current and future digital archival collections, communication strategies and accessibility issues?

* How are practitioners and curators creating and maintaining records and projects in the virtual environment, and how are historians and designers responding to and re-thinking the research value of digital archives.

* How does the digital continue to open new possibilities for re-thinking Indigenous cultural collections and their repatriation to places and communities?

* How might new collaborations be envisioned that can help us imagine the digital future of the archive and participate in planning what next steps are both desirable and pressing?

Submission Details

Please submit a 250 word abstract and a 100 word biography by or before 6 January 2020. 

Submission email address is []

Contact Hannah Lewi by email for any queries about the event.

The symposium is hosted by ACAHUCH (the After-Life Symposium committee) and the Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.


6. [NEW ITEM] PhD position available – Masonry Structures, Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Portugal: application deadline – 15 January 2020

The Historical and Masonry Structures at ISISE, University of Minho, Portugal, has one PhD student position in Masonry Structures, Earthquake Engineering and Seismology to join a European Research Council Advanced Grant recently started.

Interested applicants with excellent academic / scientific qualifications, please send an application to Prof. Paulo B. Lourenço by email, providing the documents outlined at this link.

The PhD subject will address numerical or experimental approaches for the out-of-plane behavior of masonry structures, including processing of the seismic signal, shaking table testing, analytical tools, numerical modeling or design concepts.

Applications close 15 January 2020. 


7. [NEW ITEM] Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2020 – application deadline 19 January

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is pleased to announce the Call for Projects for the World Heritage Volunteers (WHV) Campaign 2020. This Call welcomes the participation of all interested organisations and institutions. In addition, it offers a new opportunity to apply for not only one-year cycle, but also two-year cycle process, with the aim to foster and encourage the commitment to World Heritage.

What is the World Heritage Volunteers Initiative?

The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative (WHV) was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete actions and to play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites. It consists of action camps organized by youth organizations or institutions in cooperation with multiple stakeholders and partners, which work all together for the state of conservation of World Heritage sites. The initiative mobilizes national and international volunteers through hands-on and awareness-raising activities for the conservation of our common cultural and natural heritage.

Please submit your application at the latest by 19 January 2020, Midnight (Paris Time GMT+1).

Visit the UNESCO website for more information.


8. [NEW ITEM] Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality conference, Switzerland, 6-8 April 2020, early bird registration closes 15 January

Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, International Conference
6-8 April 2020

The Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 4th International Conference, will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss the leading question: How to succeed in attracting tourists while simultaneously engaging all stakeholders in contributing to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage?

HTHIC2020 is organised by the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) and consultancy Elgin & Co. (Netherlands) in collaboration with UNESCO-UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism, and Development”.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality, 4th International Conference is now open. Early bird registration ends 15 January 2020. We look forward to meeting you in Mendrisio, in the Italian speaking canton Ticino in Switzerland.

HTHIC2020 will evolve around the theme “Living Heritage and Sustainable Tourism” and bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers to discuss aspects of preservation, presentation, promotion, profit (in the sense of benefits for all involved) and purpose (well-being and the co-creation of thriving places).

Participants are invited to attend the Processioni della Settimana Santa di Mendrisio: a fascinating example of ‘living’ heritage. The Processioni are currently under evaluation to be included in the UNESCO Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Visit the conference website for more information. ‌ ‌ ‌


9. [NEW ITEM] Women In Design 2020+ conference, 8-10 January 2020, India

Women In Design 2020+ is an International Conference and Exhibition curated by The HECAR Foundation, which aims to share stories of women around the world who have excelled in the field of architecture, construction and other related design fields.

To push the boundaries of architecture and design, the conference will delve into discussions on a wide spectrum of disciplines such as photography, art, film and literature that relates to the architectural profession.

Over three days, women from India and around the globe will share their work, thoughts and ideas. The event will showcase the immense capabilities, accomplishments and innovative genetic abilities of women in architecture and design that will be a landmark event for both women and men architects, design professionals, students and enthusiasts.

For more information, visit the Women In Design 2020+ website and/or download the Women In Design 2020+ POSTER.


10. [NEW ITEM] Interview: Prof Maamoun Abdulkarim on Saving Syria’s Antiquities

Ms Susan Dirgham, ESL teacher, Photographer and Editor, Beloved Syria – Considering Syrian Perspectives, had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Prof Maamoun Abdulkarim from Damascus University. For the worst five years of the war, he was in charge of protecting the antiquities in museums and sites across Syria. Susan interviewed him for the ‘magazine’ Beloved Syria – Considering Syrian Perspectives.

Before leaving Damascus, Susan had a chance to visit the National Museum and was given permission to take photographs.

Click on the links below to read the interview (presented in two parts) and peruse the images.

Part 1: Prof Maamoun Abdulkarim on Saving Syria’s Antiquities

Part 2: Prof Maamoun Abdulkarim – ‘Syria: Land Of The Civilisations’

Part 2 includes around 40 images of exhibits on public display at the National Museum of Damascus.  


11. [NEW ISSUE] News from ICOMOS – recap of the 2019 ICOMOS Annual Meetings in Marrakesh

Read the latest ICOMOS newsletter (issue 187).


12. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House

To read the latest newsletter from the Old Parliament House, click here.


13. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums

To read the latest news from the Sydney Living Museums, click here.




ICOMOS GA2020, 1-10 October 2020, Sydney: Register now and be the first to secure your place!

The GA2020 Organising and Executive Committees and Australia ICOMOS are delighted to announce that registration for GA2020 is now live!

We encourage you to register early to secure your preferred events as part of your registration. There are a number of options available to registrants – review these here to make the most of your cultural heritage experience at GA2020.

Register here.

GA2020 registration includes:

  • Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception
  • Luna Park ‘Just for Fun’ party
  • The Greater Blue Mountains Day Trip
  • Closing Ceremony and Gala Dinner
  • All ICOMOS Statutory Meetings for Eligible Delegates
  • Scientific Symposium and Plenary Sessions

The Greater Blue Mountains day trip has a number of options based on level of physical activity required. The tours include scenic landscapes, locations with great historical and cultural significance, breathtaking views, Australian fauna and flora and more.

Pre and Post Tours have been designed to cover a number of cultural heritage places throughout Australia. Depending on your tour of choice you can visit World Heritage listed sites, historic mining sites, convict sites, geological wonders, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or experience spectacular Australian landscapes.

The GA2020 side events program has been created to ensure you have a myriad of options to maximise your experience in Sydney. These tours are all optional and include boat trips, exclusive behind the scenes tours, and a number of specialty heritage tours.

Accommodation can also be booked with your GA2020 registration.

Individuals who register before the early bird registration deadline of 3 June 2020 will secure the best registration rate.

A note about ICOMOS member registration rates: the member rate is only available to individuals who are current financial members of ICOMOS via their ICOMOS National Committee. The membership status of all registrants will be cross-checked to ensure the member rate is only applied where applicable. ICOMOS members are encouraged to keep their financial status current and continuous to facilitate this process.


GA2020 Patron and Heritage Exposition Opportunities!

Australia ICOMOS invites Members and their professional organisations to support the 20th Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS in Sydney, 1-10 October 2020 (GA2020), as Patrons. Hosting GA2020 is only possible through substantial support from all levels of government and significant contributions from the private sector – and GA2020 needs your contribution!

The GA2020 Scientific Symposium theme of ‘Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility’ reflects the global context of heritage as part of cultural identity at a time of rapid population shift, conflict and environmental uncertainty. Shared stewardship requires agreed approaches to the sustainable protection, conservation and safeguarding of heritage.

As part of GA2020, World Heritage listed Cockatoo Island, in the heart of Sydney Harbour, will host young cultural heritage professionals at a Youth Forum, providing exclusive interactive opportunities to connect with the next generation of heritage practitioners. Another special feature, the public Heritage Exposition will be a central hub of activity throughout GA2020, showcasing heritage products and professional services.

We ask you to join Australia ICOMOS in sharing our unique culture, heritage and responsibility with the world at the GA2020 by becoming a Patron or through the Heritage Exposition.

Confirm participation before 29 November 2019 and your organisation will feature in a special Australia ICOMOS E-News feature and a related EDM – sent to the thousands of interested practitioners from the GA2020 database – showcasing the GA2020 Patron supporters.

To find out more about the representation opportunities that are available, see the GA2020 website, or contact the GA2020 Organisers on (02) 9265 0700 or by email.




ICOMOS talk, Perth, Thursday 12 December

Professor Tim Winter will delight us with his presentation on “Geocultural heritage: China’s ambitions to revive the Silk Roads for the 21st century”.

WHEN: Thursday 12 December, from 5:30-8pm

WHERE: element’s Boardroom, Parmelia Hilton, Level 18, 191 St Georges Tce, Perth

COST: free

Q&A, wine and nibbles will follow.

Please register here – note that numbers are limited.

Download the ICOMOS Dec 2019 talk flyer.




An evening at the Seidler Penthouse, 29 November, Sydney

Join the Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT for an evening to remember – in the penthouse at Harry Seidler & Associates.

Savour a glass of champagne accompanied by canapés, as we admire the views both within and without this iconic Modernist masterpiece.

We will be introduced to the unique qualities of the building by Heritage Architect, Dr. Roy Lumby.

Date & time: Friday 29 November 2019, 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: $25 students / $30 Society members / $45 non-members
Book here


AMaGA Victoria End of Year Celebration, 10 December, Melbourne

Celebrate the end of the year with friends and colleagues at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and enjoy a private viewing of the new summer exhibition Feedback Loops and a welcome talk by Miriam Kelly, ACCA’s Curator of the exhibition. Includes drinks, prizes, entertainment and canapés.

Date: Tuesday 10 December
Time: 6pm-8.30pm
Venue: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), 111 Sturt Street, Southbank
Cost: $60


AMaGA = Australian Museums and Galleries Association




7th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, 8-10 July 2020, Portugal – call for papers deadline: 30 November

7th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development
8-10 July 2020

The Organising Committee of HERITAGE 2020 – 7th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development would like to announce that the call for papers is open until 30 November 2019.

The Conference will be held in Coimbra, Portugal, on 8-10 July 2020, in a partnership with the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra. It follows the path paved by prior editions of this event. HERITAGE 2020 aims at maintaining a state of the art event regarding the relationships between forms and kinds of heritage and the framework of sustainable development concepts, namely the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

For more information about the event and the call for papers, visit the conference website.


3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism, 6-8 May 2020, Turkey – call for abstracts: deadline 6 January 2020

3rd International Conference of Contemporary Affairs in Architecture and Urbanism (ICCAUA2020)
Alanya HEP University, Alanya/Antalya, Turkey
6-8 May 2020

The main aim of ICCAUA2020 will be to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research both through the conference podium and double-blind refereed publications opportunities. Additionally, ICCAUA2020 intends to provide opportunities for academics to receive informal, in-depth feedback through discussions, and to enable them to establish contact with professionals in other countries and institutions.

Abstracts for Oral, Virtual and Poster presentations and proposals for the special sessions listed below are invited.

  • Architecture and Technology
  • Sustainability and Urban Design
  • Heritage and Cultural Landscapes
  • Habitat Studies and Infra Habitation

For more information about the topics and submission process, visit the conference website.

ICCAUA2020 will be held in both English language and Turkish language.

Submission deadline: 6 January 2020


Australasian Engineering Heritage conference, 19–25 November 2020, Dunedin – call for submission: deadline 3 April 2020

Australasian Engineering Heritage conference
19–25 November 2020

Titled ‘Engineering in a 2020 World – The Future of the Past’, the conference will spotlight how heritage engineering and technology has endured, developed and undergone restoration and repurposing to claim its place in the future.

Abstracts, formal conference papers and proposals for presentations will be accepted until 3 April 2020. Full details can be found at this link.

Engineering New Zealand’s Otago Heritage Chapter together with Principal Sponsor, Naylor Love, look forward to bringing you this much anticipated event. We hope to see you in Dunedin.

Download the 2020 Australasian Engineering Heritage conference poster.




Expressions of Interest invited for Heritage Council of NSW membership – applications close 1 December

The NSW Government is inviting expressions of interest for membership of the Heritage Council of NSW.

There are 3 positions that are required to be filled during this process.

We are looking for people with broad knowledge and skills, and with a passion for heritage, including Aboriginal cultural heritage outcomes.

For further information, including how to apply, visit the Heritage Council of NSW website and download the application kit.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 11:59pm on Sunday 1 December 2019.


Round 4 Heritage Conservation Community Sustainability Grants (QLD) open – deadline: 2 December 2019

Round 4 – Heritage Conservation of the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grants is now open for funding.

Grants of up to $100,000 (excluding GST) are available for projects that seek to conserve places entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.

Grants will be allocated under two categories:

Category 1: Grants of between $1,000 to $50,000 for smaller scale projects
Category 2: Grants of between $50,001 to $100,000 for larger scale projects

Activities funded under the grant program may include: urgent repair works, roofing, stumping, painting, repointing, and other similar restoration works.

Funding will be provided to owners of places entered in the Queensland Heritage Register, including individuals and trusts, and not-for-profit organisations that are responsible for managing the places.

Applications close 4pm on 2 December 2019.

More information about the grant program, including program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Queensland Government website.

Please direct queries by email to the Grants Team.


What do you value about Commonwealth Avenue Bridge? Have your say by 6 December

GML Heritage is currently undertaking consultation on behalf of the ACT Government and National Capital Authority to investigate the aesthetic and social heritage values of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Canberra. Commonwealth Avenue Bridge is not individually heritage listed, however, it forms part of the wider heritage listing nomination for Lake Burley Griffin and other listings within the Central National Area of Canberra.

Part of our study involves an online survey and we are inviting people to respond. Your views will help us understand what the wider community values, or does not value, about Commonwealth Avenue Bridge. We are interested in your feedback on all aspects of the bridge whether you use it every day to get to work, have visited it once, or have never visited but have a strong interest in bridges and their design/engineering.

The survey will take about 7-10 mins to complete and is anonymous – take the survey. It is open until COB Friday 6 December 2019.


Funding of up to $7,000 for humanities sector women available – EOIs due 6 December

Residual funding is available to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s humanities sector – this is the last and final call for all women currently working in the humanities sector to express interest in a limited pool of scholarship funding that has to be allocated by the end of 2019.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $2,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as reinforcing resilience and wellbeing, engaging with challenge and conflict, creating future focus, leading authentically and driving performance.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for humanities sector women, but has to be allocated by the end of 2019. Quite a number of women from the humanities sector have applied, with many high-calibre candidates being awarded the partial scholarships. Industry stakeholders and creditors want to take this opportunity to thank all partners and associations for their support to date.

How to register

At this stage, Expressions of Interest are being sourced until 6 December via this link.

We encourage Australia ICOMOS members and friends to take this opportunity to register.

The initiative

For fifteen years, WLA has been developing female leadership and supporting the presence of women in business and community leadership roles.


‘Restoration Australia’ seeks restoration projects for upcoming shows – deadline COB Monday 9 December

ABC’s new season of Restoration Australia is seeking restoration projects.

Whether it is restoring the decaying ruins of an historic inner-city terrace or returning a tired heritage home to its former glory, they are on the lookout for exciting residential projects with an interesting story.

Key details as follows:

  • They are looking for residential homes with historic or heritage elements that will be restored to their former glory to feature on Restoration Australia in 2021. The entire building doesn’t need to be a 100% restoration project but there does need to be a significant historic element or elements of restoration involved
  • They are looking for projects that will be starting early next year to be completed by September 2021 at the latest
  • They’d like passionate homeowners who are willing to share their restoration project with us and are happy to be filmed at several stages during their renovation/restoration. Over the course of the next 18 months they plan to follow the restoration journey of several homeowners, offering advice and delving into the past to discover and connect with the building’s history.
  • The show is not a competition; it is simply a celebration of these wonderful properties and the fascinating stories behind them. The size and budget of the project doesn’t matter but passion and history does.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the work of everyone involved in the restoration process (builders, architects, designers), as well as create a video journal that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

View previous episodes of the show via iView.

Download the Restoration Australia casting call out flyer. Queries can be directed to the Restoration Australia team via email.

Apply to be on the show via this link.


City of Stirling Draft Better Suburbs Strategy – have your say by 12 December

Since 2016, the City of Stirling has been developing the Better Suburbs Project as a long-term plan to cater for growth in our north-eastern suburbs.

The project covers Balga, Dianella, Mirrabooka, Nollamara and Westminster, incorporating some parts of Balcatta, Hamersley, Tuart Hill and Yokine near Wanneroo Road and Morley Drive.

The City developed the plan after extensive engagement with the community and stakeholders.

The City is now seeking community comment on the Draft Better Suburbs Strategy. The strategy and associated planning framework documents will be available to the public as of today, closing at 5.00pm on Thursday 12 December 2019.

To view the Strategy and make comment, visit the City of Stirling website.


2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards – nominations open and close 13 December

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Western Australian Heritage Awards. The Awards celebrate those working to promote heritage tourism and interpretation. Nominations in the heritage tourism category may be a walking tour, historic trail, festival, event, bed and breakfast, hotel, accommodation, cruise or performance.

Visit the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website to find out more, including information on the award categories and criteria as well as how to submit a nomination.

You have until Friday 13 December 2019 to nominate your heritage champion or project.


Call for host organisations: US/ICOMOS 2020 International Exchange Program – deadline: 11 January 2020


The US/ICOMOS International Exchange Program (IEP) is a professional development internship that has been running since 1984. In that time, over 700 students and young/emerging professionals have participated in the US and 70 other countries around the world. In 2019, fifteen participants representing seven nations interned with six hosts in the US and three other nations. It is a transformative experience, both professionally and personally.

The US-ICOMOS Call for 2020 IEP Hosts letter details the requirements for applicants, and provides a link to the online application form. This information is also available on the US/ICOMOS website. Please share this announcement broadly across your networks, consider participating as a Host in 2020, and/or consider donating directly to the program.

The deadline for Host applications is 11 January 2020.

The program is hand-built each year by the IEP Committee, comprised of Trustees Caroline Cheong, Ellen Delage, Zoe Leung, Darwina Neal and Brian Lione. Applications for Hosts are reviewed by the Committee. The average cost to host an intern in the US is $7,700 for the 12-week summer. This cost covers the orientation and closing sessions in DC, room and board, and travel for each intern. The cost to be a Host can be reduced if a Host can cover some or all of the cost (free housing is a popular option for many hosts).

Please direct questions via email to:

Brian Lione
Member, Board of Trustees
Chair, International Exchange Program
US National Committee, International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS)
Contact Brian via the IEP email


Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions – applications close 20 January 2020

After 10 years of European funding, 400 students and 65 countries, applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions are opened up to 20 January 2020. This international course on the conservation of heritage structures was the winner of the 2017 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage “Europa Nostra”, and presents a unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world.

This Masters Course, which is running its 13th Edition, is organized by a consortium of leading European Universities/Research Institutions in the field, including the University of Minho (coordinating institution, Portugal), the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain), the Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech Republic), the University of Padua (Italy) and the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic).

The course combines the most recent advances in research and development with practical applications.

A significant number of scholarships, ranging from 4,000 to 13,000 Euro, are available to students of any nationality.

Please find full details on the MSc programme, as well as the electronic application procedure, at the course website.

Visit also the SAHC blog and connect via LinkedIn.


Independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) – submissions due 14 February 2020

Members are encouraged to contribute to this review of the EPBC Act. Australia ICOMOS will also be formally considering a submission and other engagement with this process. If members do make a submission, it would be helpful if this could be shared with Australia ICOMOS. Please send a copy of your submission to Duncan Marshall via email.

Independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – Discussion paper released and public submissions open

Professor Graeme Samuel AC released a discussion paper as part of the independent review of the EPBC Act.

The discussion paper is to start the conversation about how the EPBC Act has operated and whether it is fit for the future. The discussion paper outlines the Act, what it does and where it came from. Potential areas of focus for the review are explored, and options for reform floated. These are not settled views, rather a starting point to stimulate discussion.

Read the discussion paper / Find out more about making a submission

All interested parties are invited to provide written submissions in response to this paper as early as possible.

Submissions will close on 14 February 2020.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Team Leader, Aboriginal Heritage Operations team, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, Perth

Join one of WA’s most innovative and forward-thinking agencies and be part of something rewarding and exciting. The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) is responsible for planning and managing land and heritage for all West Australians – now and into the future.

The Opportunity

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual for the Team Leader role to join the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage in our Aboriginal Heritage Operations team within the Heritage and Property Services Division. If you have an interest in Aboriginal heritage and the skills and experience with the ability to build positive and productive relationships, we encourage you to apply.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and managing the team undertaking project work relating to site assessments, assessment of applications, high level of advice to stakeholders, and associated Aboriginal Heritage matters. You will also provide advice on the requirements of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, relevant policy and standards to a varied audience and provide technical and professional input to the assessment and application process. You will collaborate with the Director Aboriginal Heritage Operations regarding applications, develop partnerships and supports across government planning in relation to the Department’s core business areas.

This is a permanent full-time appointment, however consideration may be given to applicants seeking part-time opportunities. 

More information is available at this link.

Applications close 4 December.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Architectural Services, Collie Roundhouse Conservation Project, WA

The National Trust of Western Australia (the Trust) aspires to awaken the community to the value of heritage. The National Trust is a statutory authority that works under an Act of Parliament, but at the same time it is also recognised as a not for profit, community based organisation and a registered charity. The National Trust works both for Government and for the community.

The Trust has been successful in an application to the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund (CFIDF) for funding that will enable remediation of the Collie Roundhouse site and conservation of the iconic structure.
Collie Roundhouse is located on the outskirts of the Town of Collie, 190km south of Perth and 55km east of Bunbury. On the Coalfields Highway 850 metres west of the Collie Visitor Centre, it sits on crown reserve land assigned for railway use since being gazetted in 1919.

Detailed information is available in the Collie Roundhouse Conservation brief_Nov 2019; queries can be directed to the Project Manager, Karl Hillier by email.

All submissions should be clearly marked “Collie Roundhouse architectural services consultancy” and submitted no later than 5pm on 16 December.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Professorship Heritage Conservation, Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning, Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus–Senftenberg

The Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning of Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus–Senftenberg, invites applications for  this role, commencing at the earliest opportunity.

The professor is expected to represent the field Heritage Conservation in all its aspects. She or he should possess a wealth of experience in research on places of cultural significance in various countries and epochs as well as in appropriate interventions in such places. She or he should have a network of international contacts and contribute actively to the international discourse on Heritage.

Teaching focusses on the international master programs World Heritage Studies and Heritage Conservation and Site Management (taught in English) as well as Building and Conservation, Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning (taught in German). It also comprises training of doctoral candidates. The professor is expected to contribute actively to the DFG-funded Research Training Group on Cultural and Technological Significance of Historic Buildings and to BTU’s Graduate Research School.

For more information on this opportunity, see the full Position Description.

Application deadline: 1 January 2020


SITUATIONS VACANT Experienced Archaeologists, Open-area archaeological research excavation, Port Arthur, Tasmania

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is seeking experienced archaeologists to assist with a large open-area archaeological research excavation planned for March to November 2020. Part of a collaborative research project between PAHSMA and the University of New England (UNE), the excavation of the convict workshops at the former Port Arthur penal station (Tasmania, 1830-77) will be accompanied by an analysis of the documentary archive to form a comprehensive historical archaeological investigation of convict labour in Australia.

The excavation crew will be appointed to fixed-term, full time contracts. Applicants can apply for Contract period 1 (Wednesday 11 March to Thursday 9 July, 2020), or Contract period 2 (Wednesday 15 July to Thursday 12 November, 2020), or for both. Applicants wishing to apply for both contract periods only need to fill out one application – even though the Tasmanian Public Service online application system might suggest otherwise! Just tick the appropriate box on the application form.

Details of the positions and all relevant forms can be accessed at this link for Contract Period 1 or this link for Contract Period 2.

Applications must be made online by 2 December 2019.

For a step-by-step explanation of how to apply please contact either David Roe by email or Sylvana Szydzik by email. David and Sylvana will also be happy to provide additional information and/or answer any queries.


SITUATION VACANT Cultural Heritage Planner, City of Perth

Cultural Heritage Planner
$95,351 – $101,156 per annum, plus superannuation
Permanent, Full time

The Cultural Heritage Planner role sits within the Activation and Cultural Experience Unit and Community Development Alliance.

This role manages and develops the City’s heritage program and focuses on high conservation outcomes and the City’s strategic objectives. The Cultural Heritage Planer builds and maintains community partnerships based on shared values and undertakes expert heritage assessments on development applications and proposals affecting places of cultural significance.

For more information about this opportunity, visit this link.

Applications close: 5pm, Friday 13 December 2019


SITUATIONS VACANT Various, World Monuments Fund


Since World Monuments Fund (WMF) was founded over half a century ago, it has been a ground-breaking organization conserving in an innovative way the world’s irreplaceable treasures — architectural and cultural sites that span the history of human civilization.

Cultural heritage sites are under constant attack by time, neglect, natural forces, and human actions. Preserving this heritage has from the beginning been the principal mission of WMF—working with local partners around the globe to provide financial and technical support for preservation, restoration, and long-term sustainability of these sites.

Roles available

  • Vice President of Programs
  • Conservator-in-Residence, Beijing, China
  • Archives Intern – note deadline 15 December 2019

More information about all of these opportunities is available at the World Monuments Fund website. No application deadlines (other than those stated above), but note that applications will be reviewed and evaluated upon receipt.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Project Specialist (Built/Archaeological Heritage), Getty Conservation Institute (GCI)

The Getty Conservation Institute’s Buildings and Sites Department is seeking a Senior Project Specialist (Built/Archaeological Heritage) who will provide high-level professional conservation expertise to strategically advance conservation practice internationally in relation to archaeological site management.

The Senior Project Specialist leads a selection of GCI initiatives and projects – from visioning and designing to implementing and monitoring the work; manages and provides direction to project staff, project partners and consultants; develops, tests and applies new research and practical approaches that address current conservation challenges of international or regional relevance; contributes to policy and best practice in the field through research, dissemination of information resulting from projects, and capacity building; and develops and sustains relationships with the international conservation community.

For more information and to apply, visit this link.

Applications close 5 December 2019.


SITUATION VACANT Senior Heritage Consultant, RPS Heritage, Brisbane

Job Description

RPS Heritage is a multidisciplinary national team that includes heritage planners, archaeologists, built heritage experts, heritage surveyors and geomatics professionals. The Heritage team also works collaboratively with internal Environmental, Survey, Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Geospatial specialists to deliver practical and innovative heritage management solutions that incorporate the latest digital technologies and non-invasive investigative methods.

We are seeking a Senior Heritage Consultant to join our established Brisbane heritage team on a permanent basis in early 2020. The successful candidate will support built heritage and historic archaeological projects. This will include providing for heritage studies, heritage impact assessments, conservation management plans, condition assessments, adaptive re-use, archival recording and interpretation plans.

For more information about this opportunity, see the full job ad.

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and suitable candidates interviewed.




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