Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 928


  1. [NEW ITEM] Welcome to GA2023!
  2. [NEW ITEM] Announcement from ICOMOS President Toshiyuki Kono
  3. [NEW ITEM] Final ICOMOS GA2020 Statement
  4. [NEW ITEM] Burra Charter Video, 2000
  5. [NEW ITEM] Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program – Second and Final Round now open & applications close 16 July 2020
  6. [NEW ISSUE] News from the MoAD @ Old Parliament House
  7. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums
  8. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – Updates








1. [NEW ITEM] Welcome to GA2023!

Dear Australia ICOMOS Members and friends,

It is a great pleasure to invite you to the 21st Triennial General Assembly of ICOMOS, to be held in Sydney in September 2023.

The 2023 General Assembly will be an extra special opportunity to be together and enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of Sydney. We look forward to sharing knowledge, promoting excellence in practice and enjoying the company of colleagues from around the world.

Australia ICOMOS thanks the ICOMOS Board and our many international friends for their support. The hard work of Australia ICOMOS members planning for GA2020, and their support with moving forward when it could not be held, will not go unrewarded. With the generous assistance of the Australian and NSW State Governments and the City of Sydney, we are thrilled to bring an ICOMOS General Assembly to the Pacific region for the first time.

From 1-9 September 2023, the General Assembly will be held in world-class facilities and offer an exciting program of site visits, workshops, lectures, expert meetings and social gatherings in the inspirational setting of Sydney Harbour. Sydney has vibrant Indigenous and multicultural communities who will actively contribute to the General Assembly.

The General Assembly will be a springing point for people to explore the natural and cultural heritage of Australia and will leave a lasting legacy.

Please join us at the General Assembly in Sydney in 2023!

Helen Lardner,
President, Australia ICOMOS


2. [NEW ITEM] Announcement from ICOMOS President Toshiyuki Kono

Dear ICOMOS Members and friends, 

I have the pleasure of informing you that the ICOMOS Board, in agreement with the Advisory Committee officers, has accepted the generous offer by Australia ICOMOS to host the 2023 Triennial ICOMOS General Assembly in Sydney. 

Following the difficult decision our Australian colleagues had to make with regards to the GA2020 – into which they had invested an impressive amount of energy, planning and funds – we are extremely grateful to Australia ICOMOS and all its members for making this alternative proposal in a record time, transforming a disappointing situation into a positive perspective, and for their constant commitment to ICOMOS. 

We also thank the Australian Convenor, Richard Mackay and the Scientific Symposium Co-Chairs, Steve Brown and Ona Vileikis, for accepting to again serve for the GA2023 to ensure continuity and build on the work already accomplished.  

We all look forward to Sydney 2023. 

Yours sincerely,
Toshiyuki Kono
President, ICOMOS 


3. [NEW ITEM] Final ICOMOS GA2020 Statement

Australia ICOMOS is delighted that the ICOMOS Board has graciously determined that the 21st triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS will be hosted by Australia ICOMOS in Sydney in September 2023.

Further information about ‘GA2023’ will be made available in due course, once the situation regarding COVID-19 and implications for global travel and economic recovery have become more apparent, and preliminary plans are in place.

In the meantime, the GA2020 registration process has been suspended, and the GA2020 website will not be updated further. Registered delegates, those who have submitted abstracts and other interested parties will be contacted directly, as information about options and arrangements for the transition to 2023 are determined.

Australia ICOMOS will continue to place the health and safety of GA2020 delegates, ICOMOS members, and event and venue staff at the forefront of our decision making.

Australia ICOMOS will host an online ‘marker’ event in October 2020 to acknowledge the enormous support and goodwill shown towards planning GA2020.

Australia ICOMOS remains committed to supporting and enriching the global work of ICOMOS and looks forward to welcoming delegates to Sydney for GA2023 in September 2023!


4. [NEW ITEM] Burra Charter Video, 2000

Australia ICOMOS has uploaded to YouTube a video from 2000 introducing the 1999 version of the Burra Charter, as part of the archival record about the earlier versions of the Charter. The video demonstrates the Burra Charter (1999 version) in practice, showing how its ideas can be used to appropriately conserve heritage places.

This video was prepared for Australia ICOMOS with support from the Australian Heritage Commission, the Australia Foundation for Culture and the Humanities, and the National Trust. Executive producer – Bill Nethery, Film maker – Dale Baker, Narrators – Jack Mundey and Peter Forrest.

The video can viewed from the Australia ICOMOS website, or directly from YouTube.


5. [NEW ITEM] Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program – Second and Final Round now open & applications close 16 July 2020

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is delivering a $4 million grant program to rejuvenate and enhance botanic gardens across Victoria. The program is being conducted over two competitive funding rounds (2019 and 2020). Applications are open to local councils, community and not-for-profit organisations and committees of management.
Round Two is now open and closes on 16 July 2020. The funding available for the Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program in Round Two is close to $2 million.

To be eligible, botanic gardens must meet the definition of a botanic garden included in the funding guidelines and must be publicly accessible.  

The grant program aims to rejuvenate Victoria’s botanic gardens by upgrading and enhancing the physical assets and amenities of the gardens and by growing the gardens’ important role in research, conservation and education. The program also aims to address the risks posed by climate-related rainfall and temperature changes.

Applicants may apply for an amount of between $20,000 and $300,000 per project and applications must offer some co-contribution, either financial or in-kind. 

Recipients of Round One grants are eligible to apply for grants in Round Two. 

For more information visit the DELWP Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens webpage.


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

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


7. [NEW ISSUE] News from Sydney Living Museums

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


8. [NEW ISSUE] The Johnston Collection – Updates

To read the latest newsletter from The Johnston Collection, click on the link below.




Talking Heritage: a Virtual Forum

Australia ICOMOS and the Emerging Professionals of Cultural Heritage (EPoCH) invite you to join us every second Thursday at 5:30pm-7pm for a virtual Zoom forum. We’ll talk all things heritage, welcoming both emerging and established heritage professionals. The content of the Forum will be diverse and crowd-sourced from a variety of mediums, including journal articles, book chapters, documentaries and Youtube videos with a focus on heritage practice and theory and everything in between.

To join, all you need to do is suggest a written or visual text that you think would be of interest to the broader group. If your text is selected, you will be asked to act as moderator for that week and help guide the discussion. You will not be required to attend every session, just when you can. The purpose of the forum is not to be onerous or overly academic – just a fun way to stay connected and to keep the heritage discourse flowing. To get involved, simply email the EPoCH Team with your details and let us know your suggested text/s.


Sharing and Showcasing Science Heritage – make a contribution!

Australia ICOMOS has started sharing and showcasing some of Australia’s significant science heritage – the forgotten and invisible, as well as the well-known.

Science heritage is a heritage that is shared across scientific disciplines and technologies and between scientists/technologists and heritage practitioners; it is a shared responsibility that should be shared more broadly with the community. This sharing of knowledge is an excellent fit with this year’s theme for the International Day for Monuments and Sites, Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility.

How will we ‘share and showcase’ Australia’s science heritage?

Australia ICOMOS has created a Science Heritage Showcase page. Some images and summary information about Australia’s science heritage have now been added.

How can you help?

Australia ICOMOS will be relying on scientists/technologists, heritage practitioners and members of the community, ie. you, to populate this page. So, if you have a favourite (or several favourite) science heritage examples (these can be landscapes, places, features, objects or documents) please let us know about them.

For more information about this initiative and guidelines on how to contribute, visit the Science Heritage Showcase page.




“Cultural heritage: new risks, new responses” colloquium, 12-13 November 2020, Paris – call for papers deadline: 30 May

Colloquium of the General Directorate of Heritage of the French Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the CNRS and the Institut national du patrimoine, 12-13 November 2020, Paris.

This event will focus on “new” risks to heritage, understood in the broadest sense, including its physical, intangible, digital and natural dimensions. It will address the risks that have arisen or strengthened since the turn of the century, resulting from natural disasters or intentional or unintended anthropogenic factors, on their acceleration, accumulation, convergence, as well as the responses provided today by the professional community and, more broadly, by all those involved in cultural heritage.

For more information about the call, visit the French Ministry of Culture website. Also see the full call for papers (only in French).

Deadline for submissions: 30 May


Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference 2020: Taking Control of our Heritage, 24-26 November 2020, Melbourne – call for papers deadline 25 June

Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference 2020 – Taking Control of our Heritage
24-26 November 2020
Melbourne, Australia

Call for Abstracts is now open

The National Native Title Council, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council are now calling for abstracts and proposed panel presentations addressing the following conference themes. We may accept pre-recorded presentations pending travel restrictions.

  • Applications of Indigenous Knowledges
  • Land Based Cultural Heritage Management
  • Ancestral Remains & Artefact Management
  • Law & Governance (including UNDRIP)
  • Business
  • Museums
  • Intangible Heritage (including Intellectual Property issues)
  • Impact of Climate Change & Cultural Heritage
  • Family History Research
  • Language Protection and Promotion
  • Operation of Lore

Proposals and abstracts should be received by the Conference Organisers by 25 June 2020. Poster presentations will also be accepted.

About the Conference

The Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference 2020 – Taking Control of our Heritage, provides the first opportunity for Traditional Owners and their allies to meet, discuss, and develop programs, strategies and ideas to take control of their Cultural Heritage in Australia.

The Conference is for all Traditional Owners, their organisations and those that work with them in the promotion, management and protection of Indigenous Cultural Heritage. The Conference program will encompass several relevant themes, prominent international and national speakers as well as a comprehensive social program.

Conference Attendees

  • Traditional Owners & others working in Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Native Title organisations
  • Government officials
  • Cultural Heritage professionals
  • Institutional personnel
  • Academics with a focus on Cultural Heritage or Indigenous Rights
  • Organisations working with Traditional Owners on development proposals

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Edward Halealoha Ayau
Professor Merata Kawharu

>> learn about the speakers

For more information, visit the conference website or email Roz Skilton.


CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020 , Vienna – call for papers, posters and apps: deadline 30 June

Cultural Heritage and New Technologies (CHNT) conference
Artificial Intelligence : New pathways towards cultural heritage
4-6 November 2020
Vienna, Austria

Call for papers, posters and apps

We know how to digitize our heritage, so what is the next step: making our Cultural Heritage more accessible to the general public / researchers, and even accessible when it is not there anymore.

In recent years, the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches has increased rapidly in cultural heritage (CH) management and research. A main driver is the availability of remote sensing data, allowing us to detect new archaeological sites and to monitor the preservation of known monuments. Due to advances in computer power and a wide range of free machine learning tools, large amounts of remote sensing data can be processed automatically for CH purposes instead of covering only small areas by expert inspection

>>More about the theme

More information about the calls are available here for papers and posters and here for the app.

Deadline for submissions: 30 June

The organisers have also started a “Culture = Future” page, for which they invite statements and thoughts from you about colleagues who have lost or will lose their jobs, because there are less excavations, less projects, the money is needed for something else but not for archaeology, museums and cultural heritage – view this and consider submitting your thoughts.




Safeguarding and reactivating our heritage – Living Heritage Grants Program: contact by 29 May required

Applications for Round 5 of the Victorian Government’s competitive community heritage grants program close on 12 June 2020.

The closing date was extended to allow applications to be finalised during the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19.

If you are currently finalising your application, please contact the Living Heritage team by 5pm Friday 29 May before applying, if you have not already done so. The team can be contacted via email.

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. This Round, priority consideration may be given to the conservation of Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) listed places and objects located in Victorian communities impacted by bushfires.

Need inspiration? Look at some videos capturing works in progress and some of the results from completed projects reported.

For more information, visit the Living Heritage Grants Program website or contact the Living Heritage Team is via email.


National Trust of Australia (NSW) Heritage Awards 2020 – nominations open and close 30 May

The Heritage Awards are highly regarded in the industry and by entering, organisations and individuals have the opportunity to have their work recognised by their peers and the public. The awards will be presented during a ceremony at Doltone House, Pyrmont. The luncheon is one of the pinnacle events of the heritage sector and is well attended by dignitaries, businesses, media and National Trust members.

This year we are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker is Mark Pesce; a leading futurist, author, entrepreneur and innovator who has been at the forefront of the digital revolution for thirty-five years. Pesce will explore the importance of technology and ‘augmented reality’ when weaving object, place and story into a narrative, giving the world a new ‘digital depth’ and allowing our world – with all of its history – to speak for itself.

Every year entrants for the awards include councils, community groups, corporations and individuals. The entries include everything from education and research to the restoration of objects, re-vitalisation, architectural re-invigoration, documentaries, regeneration of the environment and hard-working advocacy campaigners.

For more information, visit the National Trust of Australia (NSW) website.

Nominations close 30 May 2020.


Change Over Time journal – call for abstracts deadline: 5 June 2020

Abstract submissions are invited for the next issue of the journal Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

10.2 INTEGRITY | Guest Editor: Jukka Jokilehto

The concept of “integrity” is central to the organizing principles and values of heritage conservation and is frequently evoked in international charters, conventions, and official recommendations. Generally speaking, integrity refers to the wholeness or intactness of a tangible object, place, or property and is a measure by which UNESCO determines the Outstanding Universal Value of a site. As a guiding principle of conservation practice, the concept of integrity has evolved from 19th century ideas of the artist’s intent, which located integrity in a moment in time (Viollet le Duc), to 21st century framings of integrity as an emergent condition as proposed by the 2005 Faro Framework Convention, which suggests that integrity is neither fixed nor static but is understood through a process of interpreting, respecting, and negotiating complex, and at times, contentious values.

Abstracts of 200-300 words are due by 5 June 2020.

For more detailed information, see the CoT_Integrity_CFA_FINAL.


Tin Sheds Gallery callout for 2021 – apply by 8 June

The Tin Sheds Gallery within the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney is officially calling for curators, architects, artists, and creatives to submit thought-provoking exhibition proposals for our 2021 program.

Tin Sheds Gallery (TSG) is a contemporary exhibition space which officially opened in 1969 as an autonomous art space within the University grounds, and was facilitated by artists, academics and students. The Tin Sheds spurned a pivotal historical movement in Australian art where cross disciplinary experimentation and politically orientated practices were nurtured for several decades. The Sydney School was a strong support base for Tin Sheds, and in 1989 it officially joined the School delivering art workshop classes. In 2004, the Tin Sheds moved its entire operation into the School with purpose-built workshops and a gallery.

TSG accepts proposals from: Local, national and international curators, architects, designers and artists, ADP staff, researchers and students.

Read about the application process and guidelines in the proposal information pack (download it from this link). Complete the online form before 8 June 2020.

Floor Plan | Past Exhibitions


ICH Courier – call for abstracts for next volumes: deadline 19 June

ICHCAP (the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO) launched the ICH Courier in 2009 as a print quarterly to disseminate information and news related to Asia-Pacific intangible cultural heritage.

The print publication is distributed to relevant ICH institutes, UNESCO offices and centers, and other interested organizations and individuals, and the web version gives global exposure to important issues related to ICH. ICHCAP is currently accepting abstracts between 100 and 200 words to explore topics for upcoming volumes. For the completed published article, ICHCAP will provide an honorarium. All submissions should be in English.

Abstracts for volume 44 and 45 are open; the deadline for volume 44 is 19 June.

For more information, visit this link.


National Trust of Australia (ACT) Heritage Awards 2020 – nominations open and close 28 June

Nominations are now being accepted for this year’s Awards.

The National Trust ACT Heritage Awards are a way of celebrating our heritage and the work done to preserve and protect it.

The awards are a positive way of recognising and promoting best practice heritage action in the Capital.

The awards will cover all aspects of heritage including archaeological, indigenous, built and objects and will consider large and small projects, conservation and adaptive re-use, intangible and tangible heritage, built projects and reports.

For more information, visit the National Trust of Australia (ACT) website.

Nominations close 28 June 2020.


Harrietville Chinese Mining Village Dig – Season 3, October 2021

Due to continuing uncertainty about COVID-19 restrictions this year, The Uncovered Past Institute has decided to postpone Season 3 from October 2020 to October 2021. Season 3 will be a four-week season, and participants can book for single weeks or more. We look forward to digging together again!

The new dates for Season 3 will be:

  • Week 1 – Mon 27 Sept to Sat 2 Oct, 2021
  • Week 2 – Mon 4 Oct to Sat Oct 9, 2021
  • Week 3 – Mon 11 Oct to Sat Oct 16, 2021
  • Week 4 – Mon 18 Oct to Sat Oct 23, 2021

Bookings are now open for 2021, more information at this link.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Project Manager, Sydney Living Museums

20/HC050 Heritage Project Manager

Role Grade/Classification: Clerk Grade 9/10 – $135,279. Package includes salary ($110,745 – $122,038), employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading

Role Status: Temporary full-time (for a period up to 2 years)

Location: Heritage Team – the role will be based at The Mint in Sydney’s CBD but will also be required to work across other locations as directed

Closing date: 11:59pm, Thursday 11 June 2020

Sydney Living Museums is looking for a bold and collaborative Heritage Project Manager who is interested in joining a leading NSW Government agency focused on creating a living future for the past so that our visitors can experience Sydney’s past as if they had lived it themselves.

What we do

Sydney Living Museums (SLM) cares for a group of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in NSW on behalf of the people of NSW.

Our commitment to our audience is to maintain the museums, landscapes and collections with integrity whilst presenting the narrative of each in contemporary, compelling and relevant ways.

Our purpose is to enrich and revitalise people’s lives with Sydney’s living history, and to hand the precious places in our care and their collections on to future generations to enjoy.

For more information about this opportunity, visit the i work for NSW website.


SITUATION VACANT Built Heritage Advisor, Philip Leeson Architects, Canberra

About Us

Philip Leeson Architects is an architectural practice with a focus on heritage management. We are looking to expand our heritage team in 2020. We provide architectural heritage advice, write Statements of Heritage Effect and prepare Conservation Management Plans. Our clients range from local government to Commonwealth agencies like the ANU, developers, other architecture firms and private clients. Heritage has been part of our practice for over 20 years, and we see it as an important part of our work going forward.

The Position

We are looking for an individual with interest and some experience in heritage practice, a grounding in architecture would be ideal. We are open to various levels of seniority from keen entry level to relatively expert. To be considered for the position, you should have:

  • Education and / or on-the-job training in heritage management
  • Some experience with / particular interest in the built environment / built heritage
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn, engage, ask questions and up-skill
  • Good interpersonal and oral communication skills, and be able to work collaboratively within a team and for diverse clients

We are after an individual who can grow into the role with a view to a long-term commitment to our team and our practice. The position could be part-time or full-time, depending on the individual.

Please contact Brandon Reid on (02) 6295 3311 or email Brandon to discuss the position. We invite candidates to submit a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability and fit.

Applications close 5 June 2020, 11:59pm.


EOI INVITED Masonry Conservators, National Trust of Western Australia

The National Trust of Western Australia is seeking capability statements from masonry conservation specialists in the Perth area who are able to undertake sensitive conservation works to historic cemetery monuments. Headstones include marble, granite, slate and sandstone. Specialists will be placed on a database for work as it arises.

For more information please contact Kelly Rippingale by email or call (08) 9321 6088.




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