Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 917


  1. [NEW ITEM] Book Store Opportunities at ICOMOS GA2020 this October!
  2. [NEW ITEM] Future Forum 2020 on Aboriginal Heritage in WA, 20 March 2020, Fremantle – LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER
  3. [NEW ITEM] National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council vacancies – applications close MONDAY 16 MARCH
  4. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS NSW Mentoring Program – calling for New South Wales Members! Submit EOIs by 6 April
  5. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 email update
  6. [NEW ITEM] Engineering Australia Technical event: Historical Mount Crosby Pumping Station Complex, Brisbane, 18 March
  7. [NEW ITEM] Carving up the Country: ABC History Listen podcast panel, 19 March, Sydney
  8. [NEW ITEM] USYD Lunchtime Lecture by Sara Best, 23 March, Sydney
  9. [NEW ITEM] Blue Shield Australia bushfire impact survey – contribute by 9 April
  10. [NEW ITEM] Strengthened compliance laws to better protect ACT’s heritage have now commenced
  11. [NEW ISSUE] Read Heritage Tasmania’s latest news
  12. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House
  13. [NEW ISSUE] News from World Monuments Fund
  14. [NEW ISSUE] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin
  15. [NEW ISSUE] The Best in Heritage news update










1. [NEW ITEM] Book Store Opportunities at ICOMOS GA2020 this October!

Strategically located within the Heritage Exposition – the central hub of activity for GA2020 – the Book Store offers a prominent opportunity to advertise, display, sell and distribute publications to delegates and the visiting public.  For a modest investment of $800 +GST, Book Store participants will be provided with:

  1. Complimentary entry to the Heritage Exposition
  2. Dedicated shelf space
  3. Lockable cupboard
  4. Sign
  5. Power connection   

Up to 1,500 heritage practitioners from around the world are expected to converge at GA2020, providing unrivalled access to high-calibre specialist knowledge and delivering a boost to ‘grass roots’ interest in heritage and its conservation work throughout Australia. If you know of any organisation, or have a contact within an organisation, who may wish to take advantage of this opportunity to be at the frontlines of heritage both within Australia and globally, please contact the GA2020 Team by email.


2. [NEW ITEM] Future Forum 2020 on Aboriginal Heritage in WA, 20 March 2020, Fremantle – LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc (AACAI), the Anthropological Society of Western Australia (ASWA), and Australia ICOMOS (AICOMOS) are hosting a one-day symposium on Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia, to be held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle on 20 March 2020.

The symposium will bring together First Australians, representative bodies, heritage consultants, researchers, industry and other interested parties to explore and discuss what the future of Aboriginal heritage management could look like in Western Australia. There will be a number of speakers showcasing current achievements and future plans for enhancing Aboriginal heritage management, including community-led research, innovations and collaborative projects. A full program will be released shortly.

The Future Forum will be a remarkable opportunity to connect, share and discuss visions, aspirations, innovations and anticipated challenges as a collective of people working and engaging with Aboriginal cultural heritage within the state.

Interested individuals can register now via this link.

More information about the Future Forum, including registration details and event details, is in the Delegate Information pack. Keep up to date with the event Facebook page.

Please note that registrations will close on Friday 13 March and there will not be a chance to register after this date

Registration Fees

  • $160 General Admission
  • $120 for AACAI/ASWA/AICOMOS Members (current membership)
  • $120 for Students (with valid student email)
  • $120 for First Australians*

*If you are First Australian and want to register and/or receive a travel subsidy, please get in contact with JJ McDermott ASAP – 0458 608 786

Registration includes morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea during forum, and canapes & drinks in evening. A small booking fee by Humanitix will apply. 100% of profits from booking fees will be directed to Indigenous Scholarships.

If you would like to book accommodation at the Esplanade, please contact them directly and quote the ‘Aboriginal Heritage Forum’. The contact point is Anthony Brandis +618 9432 4893 or email Anthony.

Download the Future Forum symposium flyer and the Future Forum 2020 – Day Schedule.


3. [NEW ITEM] National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council vacancies – applications close MONDAY 16 MARCH

Applications are invited for membership of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council for the following three categories: 

  • expertise and experience in Aboriginal cultural heritage conservation
  • scientific qualifications in areas associated with the conservation of nature
  • qualifications in cultural heritage research

Closing date for applications: Monday 16 March 2020

To apply for membership of the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, please submit a covering letter outlining your experience and interest in the role, along with the application form and a brief resume/Curriculum Vitae to the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council team by email.

A merit selection process will apply.

The NSW Government is committed to increasing the representation of women, Aboriginal people, people of non-English speaking background, and young people aged between 18 and 25 on government boards and committees. Nominations in these categories are highly valued.

Council meets four times a year. Three of these meetings are held in Sydney, usually for one full day and occasionally over 1.5 days. One two-day meeting is held in a regional location. Members are expected to take time to prepare for meetings and provide informed contributions. Some of the work of the Council is undertaken in sub-committees, and members may also be invited to participate on these committees.

Further information can be found at the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.


4. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS NSW Mentoring Program – calling for New South Wales Members! Submit EOIs by 6 April

Australia ICOMOS launched its student mentoring program in Victoria in 2012 following an earlier trial in the ACT, and it now runs in New South Wales and Victoria. The program supports members to share their knowledge and networks with students looking toward careers in heritage.

As the program has now run with enthusiastic responses from both mentors and mentees, we are very pleased to be offering it in New South Wales for 2020.

When naming their favourite aspect of the program, the majority of previous mentors named the personal contact (we both learned from each other; refreshing to talk to the younger generation; good to know there is actually a pool of interested people; like the opportunity to help a new person into the profession), and almost all felt that they were able to make a valuable contribution to the knowledge and career prospects of their mentee. All respondents enjoyed it so much; they said they would be happy to do it again.

Students in heritage-related post-graduate programs at University of Sydney and University of New South Wales will be invited to apply for the program.

We usually have many more students than mentors apply – this restricts the size of the program, so we are hoping that all ICOMOS members based in New South Wales will consider participating this year.

What is required?

While the mentoring arrangements will vary, we ask that mentors meet with their mentees at least 3 times during the program between April and October/November. These meetings allow discussion about issues involved in heritage practice, and the student’s study and work interests.

There will be a social event held in early May to introduce mentoring pairs. If you wish to be a mentor or a mentee, it is not essential to attend, although this is an easy way to meet and set up the first meeting, as well as networking with other students and colleagues.

There will be a brief evaluation questionnaire distributed at the end of the year that we ask all participants to complete and return.

How do I get involved as a MENTOR?

If you would like to contribute to this valuable (and enjoyable) effort this year, and be an ICOMOS MENTOR, please email an expression of interest to Georgia Meros at the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by email by 6 April 2020.

Please provide your contact details (email and a work or mobile number) and a brief outline of your field of professional experience and current practice. This will assist the Mentoring Team in matching mentors and mentees.

Mentors must be Full ICOMOS members, and can have professional experience in any sector of cultural heritage practice. We will try to ‘match’ by interest as many students and mentors as possible.

Who will get involved as a MENTEE?

Students in participating university courses will be advised of the application process by the focal point at their university.

All applications will be asked to be received by the Australia ICOMOS Secretariat by 6 April 2020. We will try to ‘match’ by interest as many mentoring pairs as possible.

When do we start?

We will be matching students and mentors next month, and will launch this year’s program with an event in mid to late April. More information about the launch will be sent to participants in the program.

We hope that all members based in New South Wales will welcome this opportunity to participate in the efforts of Australia ICOMOS and its partners to support young professionals across a range of cultural heritage disciplines.

2020 Australia ICOMOS NSW Mentoring Team
Kerime Danis (NSW Mentoring Program Coordinator)
Ass Prof Cameron Logan (The University of Sydney / Master of Heritage Conservation Program)
Dr Ben Shaw (The University of New South Wales)


5. [NEW ITEM] GA2020 email update

Read the latest news about the GA2020.


6. [NEW ITEM] Engineering Australia Technical event: Historical Mount Crosby Pumping Station Complex, Brisbane, 18 March

Join Engineering Australia us for a heritage evening on 18 March to learn more about the fascinating history of the Mt Crosby Pumping Station Complex water supply story, and the important individuals, such as Geoff Cousins, who have contributed to our understanding of this important place.

The evening is being co-hosted by Engineering Heritage QLD and the Water Panel Engineering Australia (QLD), in recognition of the recent entry of the Mt Crosby Pumping Station Complex onto the Queensland Heritage Register. The presentation is being held at the Engineers Australia Queensland Brisbane Auditorium on Adelaide Street. 

Light refreshments will be served from 5:30pm and the presentation will start at 5:45pm. It is anticipated the presentation will run for an hour or so, and will be followed by a panel discussion to further explore the recent entry of this important place.

More information and registration: click on this link.


7. [NEW ITEM] Carving up the Country: ABC History Listen podcast panel, 19 March, Sydney

Join the producers of “Carving up the Country” for the launch of their ABC Radio National History Listen podcast

Have you ever seen a tree carved with markings and wondered what they meant? Join ABC Executive Producer Michelle Rayner and Producers Emma McGirr, Minna Muhlen-Schulte and Marika Duczynski as they launch their ABC Radio National History Listen documentary exploring trees that have become symbols of our contested history but also markers of a culture bound in deep time.

The panel and Q&A will be moderated by Sharon Veale, Chief Executive Officer and Partner at GML Heritage. Following the discussion, you are invited to join the producers for drinks and light refreshments.

Date: Thursday 19 March
Time: 6:00 – 8.00pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: State Library of New South Wales

>> more information and registration


8. [NEW ITEM] USYD Lunchtime Lecture by Sara Best, 23 March, Sydney

Please join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning for their first public Alumni Lunchtime Series. Curated in partnership with the Alumni Association, this talk will feature Sara Best, formally of PTW Architects.

Sara Best will speak about her role as a project architect in the team working on the Calyx. A unique horticultural display, research and education centre designed to celebrate the Royal Botanic Garden’s bicentenary in 2016, this project was the result of a collaboration between PTW, Cockram Construction and McGregor Coxall.

Sara is a registered architect with ten years’ experience in public buildings, and an alumnus and current casual academic with the School of Architecture.

Date: Monday 23 March
Time: 12:00 – 1.00pm
Cost: FREE
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Wilkinson Building, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

>> register here


9. [NEW ITEM] Blue Shield Australia bushfire impact survey – contribute by 9 April

Blue Shield Australia (BSA) is conducting a survey to quantify the impact of the bushfires and extreme weather events experienced across Australia from 1 November 2019 to 31 January 2020. The information will be aggregated to provide an overall cost to the sector of natural disasters this season. A report will be published using the results, which will be made available on the Blue Shield Australia website. BSA will not identify individual institutions’ results. The questions in the survey relate to visitor numbers, building closures, staff absences, technical issues, impact on collections and on revenue.

Please respond on behalf of your institution, rather than on an individual or department basis. There are 20 questions and it should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. All questions are optional, so if you don’t know the answer, move on to the next.

>> link to the survey

Deadline for responses is close of business Thursday 9 April 2020.

If you have any questions, please email Blue Shield Australia.


10. [NEW ITEM] Strengthened compliance laws to better protect ACT’s heritage have now commenced

People who damage heritage places and objects in Canberra will face stronger penalties and may be required to repair damage, in recently debated and passed Heritage legislation amendments.

The Canberra community is passionate about our shared heritage and has been calling for more effective ways to deal with breaches of the Heritage Act.

The amendments mean the ACT Government and the ACT Heritage Council now have increased abilities to respond appropriately when a heritage place or object is damaged. In particular the Council may now issue a repair damage direction for damaged heritage places and objects, if they can be repaired.

The ACT Government has also introduced an infringement notice scheme where compliance officers can issue an immediate $1,000 fine to an individual and $5,000 to a corporation for damage to a heritage place, regardless of whether it can be repaired.

See more about the strengthened heritage compliance laws and how heritage is protected in the ACT at this link.


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 the MoAD @ Old Parliament House

To read the latest newsletter from the Old Parliament House, click on the link below.


13. [NEW ISSUE] News from World Monuments Fund

To read the latest news from World Monuments Fund, click here.


14. [NEW ITEM] Cambridge Heritage Research Centre bulletin

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


15. [NEW ISSUE] The Best in Heritage news update

Read the latest news from The Best in Heritage: 2019 Best in Heritage Video Presentations Series_March 2020




GA2020 Travel grant applications: deadline EXTENDED to 15 March

GA2020 Travel grants

The International Secretariat has extended the deadline for the receipt of applications for travel grants to attend the 20th triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS in Sydney, Australia from 1-10 October 2020.

For more information on who is eligible, etc, visit the ICOMOS website.

Apply by 15 March.


GA2020 Workshop – Caring For Country: Pacific and Indigenous Voices on Culture, Heritage and the Climate Crisis, 3 October 2020

Indigenous peoples are on the frontlines of a climate crises they did not create, threatening cultural identity and magnifying long-standing issues of territory and appropriation. This workshop, a side event just before GA2020, will be a space for Indigenous Pacific people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island voices on cultural heritage as human right and on caring for places and community in a changing climate, as well as for discussing partnerships and solidarity with the global cultural heritage community.

The Caring For Country workshop will be held on 3 October 2020. We are keen to make sure there is a good involvement of delegates and speakers from Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Pacific people.

Core elements are likely to include:

  • One day program – 9am to 5pm, Saturday 3 October 2020
  • 60-120 participants
  • We will seek sponsorship support to reduce the costs per delegate
  • Travel grants for Pacific nations people to attend (applications NOW CLOSE 15 Marchapply here)
  • Speakers and presentations from Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Pacific delegates – snapshots (short), discussions and longer presentations
  • Preference will be given to delegates registering as Indigenous

Indigenous people who would require support to attend are encouraged to contact the organisers by email. For more information on Caring For Country, including on possible financial support, please contact GA2020 Sustainability Focal Point Helen Wilson by email.


Don’t miss your chance to attend the GA2020 Youth Forum! Round 2 applications CLOSE 3 APRIL

Under the themes of Stain, Grain and Re-Frame, join the conversation and help shape the future of cultural and heritage conservation around the world.

  • How are places stained by the past, and shaped by contemporary heritage practice?
  • How can we ‘move against the grain’ of major global trends in the context of a changing world?
  • What is the future of heritage, and where and how do we as emerging professionals fit in?

Round 2 applications start on Monday 3 February. For more information, visit the GA2020 website.




Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Review – suggestions for Australia ICOMOS submission due 15 March

Members will have seen the previous e-news item highlighting this current review by the Commonwealth. Details of the review can be found at this link.

As part of the process to develop the formal Australia ICOMOS submission, members are invited to consider the Australia ICOMOS submission to the previous review in 2008, which can be found here. We would be keen to hear about new or key issues that should be raised in the current review. Please initially send brief details to Duncan Marshall via email.

The deadline for submissions to the review is 17 April, and it would be helpful to have any suggested new or key issues by 15 March for consideration for inclusion in the Australia ICOMOS submission.


Save the Date – Australia ICOMOS Jim Kerr Address, Saturday 18 April 2020, Sydney: Speaker announcement | Ticketing to come

Australia ICOMOS Jim Kerr Address on the International Day for Monuments and Sites
5:30pm for a 6:00pm start
18 April 2020
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

Australia ICOMOS is pleased to announce Ms Julianne Polanco, US/ICOMOS member and current California State Historic Preservation Officer, will be delivering the 2020 Australia ICOMOS Jim Kerr Address, with the theme: Cultural Dimensions of Climate Action: Driving Ambition for Resilient Communities.

Ms Polanco was appointed State Historic Preservation Officer by Governor Jerry Brown in 2015. She also served as Commissioner and Chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that, she was the Director of Cultural Resources for Lend Lease Americas, the Federal Preservation Officer for the Presidio Trust, and Assistant to the Vice President for programs at the World Monuments Fund.

Ticketing for this event will commence shortly.

Members who received an email last week about the post-address dinner please note: the limited place are filling fast – refer to this email and email Don Wallace if you wish to attend.




Port Arthur Talk, 17 March 2020

How heritage is handling climate change, here and abroad
presented by Dr Caitlin Vertigan

This talk will review Dr Caitlin Vertigan’s recent keynote presentation to the international Sea Change conference in Blackpool, a summary of what everyone else in the international heritage world is talking about in relation to responses to the impacts of climate change, and the places she visited after the conference that are facing similar challenges to us. Far from being an isolated voice at the bottom end of the earth, Tasmania is contributing substantially to the global conversation about how we navigate the challenges in cultural heritage associated with a rapidly changing environment.

Caitlin has worked for PAHSMA for many years, but she has also done things like: getting a PhD in marine ecology, working in Victoria on both marine and terrestrial ecological projects, extensive science communication, and bridging the gap between the heritage and the scientific worlds. She is currently employed as a Conservation Project Officer at PAHSMA where she looks after the natural values of our varied sites, and facilitates the research program.

When: Tuesday 17 March at 5.00pm

Where: Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room (the building behind the house), Port Arthur Historic Site

For more information on the talk call (03) 6251 2324.

Download the “How heritage is handling climate change, here and abroad” talk flyer.


TALK: Robin Boyd Annual Keynote Lecture – Melbourne Design Week, 18 March, Melbourne

In an era of global sameness, can architectural processes create the time and space to engage meaningfully with local traditions and enrich the culture of the everyday? This lecture breaks down Melbourne practice NMBW’s projects into a series of tangible pieces that articulate how decisions have been made and values embedded.

Presented by: National Gallery of Victoria and the Robin Boyd Foundation

Date: Wednesday 18 March
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Cost: $8 – $15
Venue: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, Ground Level, NGV International

Buy tickets at this link.


TALK – Good Design and Heritage: When New Meets Old, 18 March, Melbourne

Wednesday 18 March
6.15 – 7.15pm

MPavilion (located in the Queen Victoria Gardens, opposite Arts Centre Melbourne on St Kilda Road, Melbourne)

Heritage buildings and places are loved by the general public but as the world and our lives change they sometimes need to be re-imagined.

This panel of experienced practitioners, members of the Heritage Council of Victoria and OVGA architects discuss how good design can be matched with heritage to provide buildings and places that will be loved by the community in our future as well as our past. The discussion will also look at industrial heritage and how it can be re-imagined to shape life today.

Presented by Heritage Council of Victoria and Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA).

This event is presented in collaboration with Melbourne Design Week.

Find information about the speakers at this link.


Tasmanian Heritage Community Networking event, 19 March, Hobart

The Tasmanian Heritage Community Networking event will be happening on Thursday 19 March from 6.00-8.00pm at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

This event is an opportunity for those working in galleries, libraries, archives and museums, as well as history and heritage, to meet up over drinks and nibbles. This is also a chance for students studying Cultural Heritage through Deakin, Libraries and Info Management through Curtin, and Cultural heritage, History and Arts students from University of Tasmania to meet those working in the sector.

FREE! but click here to register (and for more information).


Geelong Design Week 2020 event: A history of Geelong’s inventions, innovations, and promotions, Monday 23 March

You will be surprised by Geelong’s fascinating history as Dr David Rowe presents the innovations and promotions associated with our pioneering industries, local inventors and creative heritage.

Creative life in Geelong was shaped by it becoming Victoria’s wool capital and a manufacturing centre, a basis for over 60 inventions. Architectural design and wool technology partly underpinned its pioneering educational system in support of its key industries. The City exploited its regional identity with nationally-recognised exhibitions and promotions.

When: Monday 23 March, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Lt Malop St
Cost: Free

>> more information and bookings


Geelong Design Week 2020 event: Geelong inventions past and future – Industry Round Table, Tuesday 24 March

How can immersive experiences like virtual reality empower local communities to think differently about our heritage?

Deakin University, the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Gallery, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, and the National Wool Museum have been exploring how immersive experiences like virtual reality (VR) empower local communities to think differently about our heritage.

See an immersive VR prototype of the iconic local invention the Ford Ute and hear results of ‘Designed by Geelong: a history of invention’. Then share your thoughts on Geelong’s design and manufacturing history in a round table discussion as we ask if the design industry and those who support design practices can shape the story of Geelong? Can design be part of Geelong’s identity, what are the benefits, what are the issues and how can we safeguard design as part of Geelong’s cultural heritage?

When: Tuesday 24 March, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Presented by: Deakin University
Location: National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool St, Geelong
Cost: Free

>> more information and bookings (note: bookings required)


Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail, 28-29 March 2020, Bathurst



Bathurst will celebrate over 200 years of its rich history, paying homage to the trades and traditions that have helped shape the region, at the Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2020.

Rare and lost trades and crafts will be showcased over one weekend at Australia’s oldest inland European settlement. Blacksmithing, saddlery, dry stone walling, whip cracking and making, glass artistry, lace making, tapestry, embroidery, carpentry and joinery, cigar box guitar making and violin making are among many unique talents to be demonstrated by local and guest artisans.

BOOK TICKETS ONLINE for a discounted rate.

For more information, visit this link and follow the event on Facebook.


Geelong Design Week 2020, 19-29 March

Geelong’s inaugural Design Week 2020 will be held from 19-29 March. Geelong was designated Australia’s first UNESCO City of Design in 2017.

Visit the Geelong Design Week website to explore the many events on offer.

The Geelong and Region Branch of the National Trust (Victoria) is presenting the following events as part of this Design Week:

Highlights of Geelong’s 20th century architecture – A guided walk through an important period in Geelong’s development
Saturday 21 March & Sun 29 March, 10.00am-12.00pm
Meet at the Johnstone Park Bandstand; cost $7
>> book here

The walk will take in many of Geelong’s Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Moderne buildings, and the Brutalist State Offices.

Geelong’s 20th Century Architecture: the Vision for Geelong
Friday 27 March, 2.00-4.30 pm
Gordon Gallery, 2 Fenwick St; cost $12
>> book here

This Panel Session is with Graeme Butler, noted heritage consultant who prepared the Geelong City Urban Conservation Study; Dr Christina Dyson, 20th Century heritage landscape expert; and Ren Inei, Director of Boom Gallery, on converting the Former Returned Soldiers and Sailors Woollen Mill to a Gallery. It was built in the 1920s to create work for returned servicemen.

Also of interest might be the Technology to capture our heritage open session – Wednesday 25 March, between 10:00am-1:00pm, National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool St, Geelong


The Plain of Jars of Laos: Past, Present and Future talk, 3 April, Sydney

Join us for a discussion on the Plain of Jars of Laos and its future following its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.

On 6 July 2019, in Baku, Azerbaijan, the Plain of Jars was inscribed as a World Heritage Monument: a unique testimony to a cultural tradition “which has disappeared”. For centuries, thousands of stone jars lay in splendid isolation, admired by villagers and the occasional European explorer. After the initial survey by Dr Madeleine Colani in 1931-1933, only now we begin to understand the complexities of the 100 sites spread over Xieng Khouang and Luang Prabang provinces. Nowadays the jars are viewed as a unique megalithic manifestation in Mainland Southeast Asia, rather than vessels “made by angels to drink liquors from”. What are the future prospects for these mysterious creations and what is the level of preparedness for the increased tourist visits that follow a nomination?

Date & time: 3 April, 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: University of Sydney, Camperdown

For more information about this FREE! event and to register, visit this link.

Download the Plain of Jars of Laos talk flyer.


National Archaeology Week, 17 to 23 May

National Archaeology Week aims to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia’s unique archaeological heritage. Held in the third week of May, this nationwide program of events and activities includes public lectures, seminars, exhibitions, demonstration excavations, displays and other events designed to engage with the general public.

Visit the National Archaeology Week website for more information about the events on offer.




REMINDER: Australasian Engineering Heritage conference, 19–25 November 2020, Dunedin – call for submissions: 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.

Event schedule

  • Pre-conference tour: 19 – 22 November 2020
  • Conference: 23 – 24 November 2020
  • Dunedin tour: 25 November 2020

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.


ICIP 2020 conference, 28-29 September 2020, Cambodia – revised deadline: submission of papers now due 6 April

The Board of the ICOMOS International Committee for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites (ICIP) is pleased to announce the ICOMOS Interpretation 2020 Conference in Angkor, Cambodia. The conference will take place on 28-29 September 2020 with pre-conference tours on 26-27 September.

The ICIP Board is honored to be partnering with APSARA National Authority (Authority for the Protection of the Site and Management of the Region of Angkor). This conference will be held immediately before the 2020 ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney, to enable attendees to stopover in Asia before continuing on to Sydney.

Extension of deadlines

Registration for this conference has been extended as follows:

  • Early Bird: closes 6 May 2020
  • Registration closes: 31 July 2020

Submission of papers has been extended to 6 April 2020. Successful presenters will be notified by 29 April 2020.

For further information, and to register for this conference, please visit the conference website.


International Conference on Tourism, 30 September-2 October 2020, Portugal – call for papers deadline 30 April

CIT2020 – International Conference on Tourism “Well-Being and Peace Through Tourism: Reality Or Fiction?”
30 September-2 October 2020
ISCET, Porto, Portugal

The organisers of CIT2020, the International Conference on Tourism “Well-Being and Peace Through Tourism: Reality Or Fiction?”, invite the submission of abstracts.

Submissions due 30 April.

For more information, see the call for abstracts.


Modernist & Memorial Sculpture in Australia & Beyond symposium, 30 April – 2 May 2020, Melbourne

SYMPOSIUM: Modernist & Memorial Sculpture in Australia & Beyond
30 April – 2 May 2020

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the Duldig family in Australia

Keynote address and 2020 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture: Dr Arie Hartog, Director of Gerhard Marcks Haus, Bremen, Germany

>> more information




Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses offered by Uni of Sydney – enrolment open

OPEN STUDIO: Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Open Studio is a suite of masterclasses developed by the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning for industry professionals and lifelong learners interested in contemporary built environment and design issues. The programs are designed to efficiently and flexibly keep you informed and at the forefront of emerging technical and research developments in architecture and design.

Developed in conjunction with industry and disciplinary experts, our masterclasses draw on content embedded in the school’s postgraduate program offering.

The first two modules, Sustainable Architecture and 3D Printing for Architecture are now open for enrolments, with further modules coming online soon.

For more information visit the Open Studio catalogue.


National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards: submissions open and close 26 March

The National Trust (NSW) is calling out for submissions for the 2020 Heritage Awards

Do you know any projects completed in the last 12 months which promote or protect the built, natural or cultural heritage? The National Trust Heritage Awards recognises and celebrates outstanding heritage projects across NSW.

For more information, key dates, entry criteria, award categories and the entry process, visit the National Trust (NSW) website. Entries close on Thursday 26 March 2020.

Winners will be announced at the National Trust Heritage Awards Ceremony on Friday 8 May 2020 at Doltone House in Pyrmont, Sydney; click here for more information or to purchase tickets at an early bird discount (early bird discount finishes 28 February 2020).

Click here to watch last year’s ceremony highlights.

The National Trust Heritage Awards is a signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival, proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW.


Ethel Shipwreck Time-Lapse Project – submit your image by 31 March



Could Ethel be South Australia’s most photographed shipwreck? Heritage South Australia is keen to find out. Share your photos or videos of this historic shipwreck to be considered for the Ethel Shipwreck Time-Lapse.

Built in 1876, Ethel was a 711-ton, three-masted iron barque, originally launched with the name Carmelo, which ran aground in a storm while en-route from South Africa in 1904. The Ethel wreck is located on the coast in Innes National Park on the Yorke Peninsula.

We are looking forward to viewing your imagery taken over the decades from your personal collections and selecting from these to add to our collection to compile an Ethel Shipwreck Time-Lapse, which will be made available for the public to enjoy.

For more information about this project, visit the SA Department for Environment and Water website.

Upload your digital photos or videos by 31 March 2020.

Download the Ethel Shipwreck Project flyer.


International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage, 2-24 September 2020 – applications close 6 April 2020

Call for applications for the International Training Course (ITC) on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage 2020 (15th year, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto) has been announced. It will run from 2-24 September 2020, with the sub-theme “Towards the Integrated Protection of Immovable and Movable Cultural Heritage from Risk of Fire”.

Cultural heritage is increasingly exposed to disasters caused by natural and human-induced hazards such as earthquakes, floods, fires, typhoons, terrorism, etc. Recent examples include fires in Shuri Castle in 2019, the Notre-Dame de Paris in 2019, the National Museum of Brazil in 2018, and across Australia in 2019 and 2020, as well as a typhoon in Western Japan in 2018, earthquakes in Central Mexico in 2017, Kumamoto Japan, Central Italy, Myanmar in 2016, and Nepal in 2015, floods in the UK in 2015, in the Balkans in 2014, and ongoing conflicts in Syria and Yemen. In addition, climate change will cause floods, droughts and bushfires that can create huge damage to both cultural heritage and the natural environment. These disasters not only affect immovable heritage such as monuments, archaeological sites, and historic urban areas, but also cause damage to movable heritage, including museum collections, heritage objects, religious artefacts, and other artefacts that are of significance to local communities. In the aftermath of a disaster, many architectural fragments of damaged or collapsed buildings require documentation, handling and storage. As such, both movable and immovable heritage is exposed to various disasters.

In particular, fires have devastated a substantial number of heritage sites and museums in recent years. This devastation by fires is seen in the cases of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the National Museum of Brazil, the Glasgow School of Arts, the Windsor Castle, part of historic cities (e.g. Valparaiso in Chile and Lijiang in China), historic ships (e.g. the Cutty Sark), national monuments (e.g. the Namdaemun in South Korea), religious structures (e.g. the Wangdue Phodrang in Bhutan), and tombs (e.g. the Kasubi Tombs), as well as museums including the National Museum of Natural History in India and the Southwark Museum in the UK. These fires are caused by both natural and human-induced factors inside or outside of cultural heritage. The former includes bush or forest fires under high temperatures during periods of little or no rainfalls, lightning, and volcanoes. The latter includes electrical short circuits due to faulty wiring, smoking, open flames, the burning of candles, arson and bombing. Fires may also follow natural hazards such as earthquakes or hurricanes, as seen in the case of the Kobe earthquake in 1995 where fires destroyed significant parts of historic neighbourhoods made of wooden houses. There are also many instances in which fires are caused by negligence during the restoration and upgradation works of heritage buildings and museums. Inappropriate response measures, such as the misuse of fire extinguishing agents, may sometimes unintentionally cause damage to heritage sites, museums and their collections. As such, fires have resulted in the loss of both tangible and intangible components of cultural heritage; tangible ones include natural landscapes, archaeological materials, built structures and collections, and intangible ones include rituals, cultural practices and traditional skills.

The Guidelines and the Application Form are now available at the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University (R-DMUCH) website.

We would very much like to encourage Australian applications to this course, which is supported by UNESCO and ICCROM. It is a high quality course that will be extremely useful to managing disaster risk to heritage in Australia.

If you are thinking of applying please contact Catherine Forbes, a previous course participant. She will be happy to discuss the course and application procedure – send Catherine an email.

Please apply! Applications close 6 April 2020.


Living Heritage Grants Program – Round 5 applications close on 9 April

Safeguarding and reactivating our heritage

Applications for Round 5 of the Victorian Government’s competitive community Living Heritage Grants Program will open on 17 February 2020 and close on 9 April 2020.

Eligible applicants may apply for an amount between $20,000 and $200,000 per project, to fund conservation works to ‘at risk’ places and objects included on the Victorian Heritage Register.

To find out if you are eligible, read the 2020 Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions at this link.

To apply, follow the link to the online application portal (accessible from 17 February 2020).

What’s new for Round 5?

  • Applicants are required to contact the Living Heritage team by 27 March before applying (see link below)
  • Priority consideration may be given to the conservation of Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) listed places and objects located in Victorian communities impacted by bushfires

For more information, please visit the Living Heritage Grants Program website or email the Living Heritage Grants Program team.


Old Cities, New Challenges conservation course, 13-21 November 2020, George Town – applications close 15 April

The Getty Conservation Institute has recently announced the next Old Cities, New Challenges conservation course, which will take place in George Town from 13-21 November 2020 (participants to arrive by Wednesday 11 November).

A short description of the course and the application material can be accessed at the Getty Conservation Institute website.

The course application deadline is 15 April 2020 and the Getty looks forward to welcoming another stimulating group of interested young professionals to George Town.

Recently, the Getty Magazine published a short article about the Penang course – click on this link to download the latest issue.


George Alexander Foundation International Fellowships – applications open and close 24 April

Are you aged 18-35, have an innovative idea to improve your sector and would like a Fellowship to carry out international applied research? Then read on…

The George Alexander Foundation and the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) are offering five (5) international applied research Fellowships in the amount of $10,000 (less GST) each.

The 2020 George Alexander Foundation International Fellowship provides an opportunity for individuals to acquire higher-level skills and drive leading practice and innovation in Australia. It is intended that the Fellowship will demonstrate potential benefits for, and application in, Australia.

Applications should focus on the following areas:

  • Environment and Sustainability (this area can include heritage)
  • Alternative Energy
  • Education Sector
  • Conservation

However, if you have an innovative or significant Fellowship Proposal in an alternative field this may also be considered. Applications are welcome from residents of any state in Australia.

For more information, visit this link.

Applications are now open and close at 4pm, 24 April 2020.

Download the 2020 GAF International Fellowship flyer.


2020 Community Heritage Grants – applications close 4 May 2020

Applications for the 2020 Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program are now open.

The CHG program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material.

For details on how to apply, see the guidelines and application form.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 4 May 2020 (AEST).

Download the 2020 Community Heritage Grants flyer.


2020 Call for Proposals: Shared Cultural Heritage & Shared Underwater Heritage – deadline 1 October 2020

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, Australia, invites project proposals for Shared Cultural Heritage projects starting in 2020 that focus on:

1) Australian-Dutch Cultural Heritage
2) Australian-Dutch Underwater Cultural Heritage

Both Calls for Proposals can be found at the Kingdom of the Netherlands website.

The final deadline for applications is 1 October 2020.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Marketing and Events Officer, National Trust of Western Australia, Perth

This full time role provides support to enhance the Trust’s community and stakeholder engagement through marketing, communications, promotional and public events programs and activities.

Please contact Enzo Sirna AM via email for further details or the visit the WA State government jobs board for the full position description.

Applications close Monday 23 March 2020.


[NEW] SITUATIONS VACANT Heritage Consultants (part-time / permanent / casual), Heritage 21, Sydney

Heritage consultant – PART-TIME, CASUAL AND PERMANENT POSITIONS (NSW): minimum 3 years’ experience in cultural built heritage

With growth in business Heritage 21 is seeking the right candidates.  

Heritage 21 is a specialist firm of dedicated heritage practitioners operating throughout NSW and the ACT.  Located in Alexandria, the firm assists clients with heritage projects within the private, public and government sectors through the heritage approval process at both State and Local government levels. 

Our heritage staff have expertise in built heritage, urban planning, history, research and architecture. 

We are currently looking to expand our team and are looking for multiple candidates with the right motivation and enthusiasm. Positions available: part-time, casual and permanent.

If you have a degree and/or a background in heritage, town planning, architecture, urban design or related fields or are studying towards a master of heritage conservation (or similar) and have a passion for heritage and research, this job is for you!

The roles and positions will vary due to the wide range of projects and the right candidate(s) will need to have the ability to take on a variety of heritage reports, be self-motivated, able to work autonomously and be a team player, with attention to detail. 

The right candidate(s) would be organised, have an excellent command of the English language, strong research and communication skills, knowledge of historical built fabric & building methods/systems/materials & technologies etc, national heritage charters, NSW legislation and heritage guidelines, and an understanding of the heritage planning framework in NSW (LEPs, DCPs & SEPPS).

In addition, a good working ability of Microsoft Word and Outlook and knowledge of Excel and Photoshop would be advantageous but not essential, as is holding a current driver’s licence (NSW).

To apply please email us your resume with examples of writing and/or a portfolio or for a highly confidential discussion please call Sue on (02) 9519 2521 or 0412 486 777.

An attractive package, commensurate with experience, will be offered for each position. Heritage 21 offers a flexible workplace and tries to ensure a good work/life balance for their employees/consultants. 

Closing date for applications: 3 April 2020.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant, WOLFPEAK – Environment & Heritage, Sydney

WOLFPEAK – Environment & Heritage

WolfPeak is currently seeking an experienced Heritage Consultant to join our heritage team and assist with a variety of work and projects. Based in the Sydney CBD, we offer a friendly office environment with flexible working arrangements. Salary commensurate with experience and skills.

To undertake this role it is preferred that you have:

  • Relevant tertiary and professional qualifications in History, Archaeology, Heritage Management or a similar discipline OR equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience in archaeology / heritage management in either a consulting or public-sector environment
  • Sound understanding of the NSW legislative and policy framework for heritage approvals
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of heritage assessment documentation such as heritage impact assessments, archaeological survey reports, statements of heritage significance, cultural heritage assessment reports and heritage management plans
  • Excellent time and project management skills
  • A focus on client service excellence
  • Ability to build positive stakeholder relationships
  • Current drivers’ licence
  • Willingness to travel if required, including to regional / remote areas

Diversity and Flexibility

Fostering gender balance, diversity and acceptance of flexible working for men and women is central to the way WolfPeak does business. WolfPeak is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunities and invites applications from people of all nationalities, genders and cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Email your CV to Kylie or give her a call on 0418 218 151 for further information.

We are looking to appoint this position as soon as possible so encourage applications to be lodged ASAP.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant (Built Heritage focus), URBIS, Sydney – another opportunity available

Heritage Consultant (Built Heritage focus)

  • Established, industry leading built Heritage team
  • Permanent role with strong career development opportunities
  • Brand new office in premium Sydney CBD location

An opportunity has arisen in our Sydney office for a Heritage Consultant, suitably qualified with a Masters in Heritage Conservation or equivalent experience.

Urbis is a firm that truly values its people. In our new, contemporary office location in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s a place where you are encouraged to share your ideas in a professional, friendly and agile working environment.

We are looking for someone with a passion for built heritage who is wanting to develop their career in an industry leading firm. As a key member of the team, you will be involved in conducting research across a diverse, high profile and challenging range of projects, contributing to reports and advice for our clients.

About You

As a Heritage Consultant there is a requirement to demonstrate an understanding of built heritage principles in order to undertake a range of tasks independently, and as directed in relation to the day-to-day operation and management of work in the Heritage team. This requires an understanding of heritage and statutory planning, at both a strategic and technical level, to assist the team with providing practical advice on a range of heritage services.

More information

Visit this link for a more detailed position description

How to apply?

If you are an enthusiastic candidate, with the desire to become part of a driven and highly professional team, please click apply at the link above. Or for a highly confidential discussion please call Anastasia Zappert, HR Consultant on (02) 8424 5111.

We are looking to appoint this position as soon as possible so encourage applications to be lodged as soon as possible.


SITUATION VACANT Heritage Consultant, Trethowan Architecture, Melbourne

Trethowan Architecture is seeking an experienced Heritage Consultant to assist with a variety of work and projects. Great office environment. Based in Cremorne and close to public transport. Salary commensurate with tertiary education, experience and skills. Email your CV to Mark or give him a call on (03) 9421 5448 for further information.




Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in the Australia ICOMOS Email News are not necessarily those of Australia ICOMOS Inc. or its Executive Committee. The text of Australia ICOMOS Email news is drawn from various sources including organizations other than Australia ICOMOS Inc. The Australia ICOMOS Email news serves solely as an information source and aims to present a wide range of opinions which may be of interest to readers. Articles submitted for inclusion may be edited.


Australia ICOMOS Secretariat
Georgia Meros
Secretariat Executive Officer
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125
Telephone: (03) 9251 7131