Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 945

GA2020 Marker Event (online)
Wednesday 7 October 2020
8.00pm AEDT (Sydney / Canberra), 11:00am CEST (Paris), 5:00am EDT (New York)

Join Australia ICOMOS at a special Marker Event to acknowledge the excellent work and wonderful support for the 20th Triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS that could not be hosted in Sydney in 2020 (more information below)



  1. [NEW ITEM] Ministerial Indigenous Heritage Roundtable Communique – 21 September 2020
  2. [NEW ITEM] Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards – nominations open until 23 October
  3. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Queensland – State Election Heritage Priorities
  4. [NEW ITEM] Parramatta Park Trust – Historic Dairy tours to resume
  5. [NEW ITEM] Conference: 25th Anniversary of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, 8-9 October 2020, Rome/online – register for online participation
  6. [NEW ITEM] Attingham Trust courses – apply by 27 January 2021 for next year
  7. [NEW ITEM] Twentieth Century Historic-Thematic Framework – available online early 2021
  8. [NEW ITEM] ISS Institute Fellowship reports
  9. [NEW ISSUE] News from World Monuments Fund









1. [NEW ITEM] Ministerial Indigenous Heritage Roundtable Communique – 21 September 2020

Meeting today by videoconference, Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers with responsibility for Heritage and Indigenous Affairs affirmed the fundamental importance of Indigenous heritage to the Australian nation.

The Roundtable was jointly chaired by the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, and the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, the Commonwealth Minister for Indigenous Australians.

Ministers expressed deep sorrow at the destruction of the nationally significant Indigenous heritage sites at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia and resolved that this incident must be the launching pad for the modernisation of Indigenous heritage protection laws in Australia.

Ministers agreed that the work of lifting the standard of Indigenous heritage protection must be done in partnership with Indigenous Australians.

Over the past 12 months the Chairs of Australia’s national, state and territory Indigenous heritage bodies, with support from peak organisations representing every major land council and native title representative bodies, have developed Dhawura Ngilan: A Vision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage in Australia and Best Practice Standards for Indigenous Cultural Heritage Management and Legislation.

See the full communique here.


2. [NEW ITEM] Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards – nominations open until 23 October

The Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards celebrate the wonderful achievements of the Victorian museum and gallery sector. This year we are also showing our appreciation of our sector’s resilience and creativity in times of uncertainty that has been 2020.

This prestigious event celebrates organisations and individuals whose passion and work build a strong Victorian museum and gallery industry.

We would like to invite you to nominate a special individual or a project for one of our awards and help us recognise the remarkable work of our Victorian community.

Objectives of the Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards

The Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards recognise outstanding achievements and service in the museum, gallery, and collecting sector. The objectives of the Awards are to:

  • Raise awareness of museums and galleries as effective vehicles for engagement with ideas and communities
  • Reward and encourage best practice by individuals and organisations
  • Celebrate the value of museums and galleries to local and wider community groups

For more information and to download forms and guidelines, visit the Australian Museums and Galleries Association website.

Nominations close 23 October.


3. [NEW ITEM] National Trust of Queensland – State Election Heritage Priorities

Australia ICOMOS members may be interested in this example of State/Territory level advocacy by the National Trust regarding heritage matters in the lead-up to the Queensland election in October. Queensland members will no doubt be interested in the details.

Australia ICOMOS is committed to the dissemination of relevant cultural heritage information, including this announcement.


4. [NEW ITEM] Parramatta Park Trust – Historic Dairy tours to resume

Parramatta Park Trust are happy to announce that tours of our historic Dairy and Rangers Cottages are back this month. 

Don’t miss this exclusive, guided behind-the-scenes look through one of Australia’s oldest colonial sites. Spots are limited – more information and bookings at this link.


5. [NEW ITEM] Conference: 25th Anniversary of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, 8-9 October 2020, Rome/online – register for online participation

UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) is running an international conference to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.

It can be followed on Zoom and interested people can pre-register online via this link.

For more information about this event, click here.


6. [NEW ITEM] Attingham Trust courses – apply by 27 January 2021 for next year

Since its foundation in 1952 The Attingham Trust, an educational charitable trust, has enjoyed outstanding success within the worlds of arts and heritage. The alumni of its courses make up an influential, international network of professionals, many of whom represent major cultural institutions.

The Trust currently runs three annual residential courses, The Attingham Summer School, The Attingham Study Programme and Royal Collection Studies and, in alternate years, two non-residential courses, French Eighteenth-Century Studies and The London House Course.

All course details for 2021 will be available on their website in early October and new applications will be encouraged.

Closing date for receipt of all applications will be 27 January 2021. 


7. [NEW ITEM] Twentieth Century Historic-Thematic Framework – available online early 2021

A tool for assessing and protecting the heritage of the twentieth-century and commissioned by the Getty Conservation Institute in collaboration with the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Twentieth-Century Heritage, the thematic framework identifies the principal social, technological, political, and economic drivers of change that shaped the twentieth century globally.

See the 20th Century Historic-Thematic Framework postcard for more information.


8. [NEW ITEM] ISS Institute Fellowship reports

Fellowships provide the opportunity to identify problems, skill gaps or areas requiring innovation and enable ISS Institute Fellows to travel overseas to identify best-practice ways of addressing these. All Fellows are expected to provide detailed recommendations so that new approaches and better ways of working can be implemented in an Australian context. All Fellows are supported by ISS Institute to prepare and publish a Fellowship Report recording literature, data, findings, and recommendations formulated during their international applied research trip.

Fellowship reports can be accessed at the ISS Institute website, where you’ll find a stream on Heritage, Conservation & Artisan Crafts.


9. [NEW ISSUE] News from World Monuments Fund

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




ICOMOS GA2020 MARKER EVENT: Wednesday 7 October 2020 – Registration is now open!


The image of the Sydney Opera House is used under licence from the Sydney Opera House Trust


Australia ICOMOS invites our global colleagues to join a special Marker Event to acknowledge the excellent work and wonderful support for the 20th Triennial General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of ICOMOS that could not be hosted in Sydney in 2020.

The GA2020 Marker Event will be held online on Wednesday 7 October 2020 from 8.00pm AEDT (Sydney / Canberra), 11:00am CEST (Paris), 5:00am EDT (New York).

The event will be a live-streamed panel discussion involving the 14 expert co-chairs of the GA2020 Scientific Symposium streams, on the theme of Shared Cultures – Shared Heritage – Shared Responsibility; and will include the launch of a special ‘legacy’ issue of Historic Environment as well as the proposed themes for ICOMOS GA2023.

The event is complimentary and open to members of ICOMOS, colleagues from IUCN, ICCROM and other partner organisations and communities. Attendees will be able to access the event in English, or via simultaneous translation in French and Spanish.

Register here to secure your virtual spot!

For more information on the program and registration visit this link.

>> Facebook event link

For enquiries, please contact the ICOMOS GA2020 Scientific Symposium Co-Chairs; Dr Steve Brown & Dr Ona Vileikis by email.




Port Arthur Talk, 30 September 2020

The Tasman Peninsula on film: the pioneering cinematography of Dorothy Hallam (with a bit extra!)
presented by James Parker

James Parker will present archival films, with sound, of the Tasman Peninsula in the mid-to-late 20th century, mostly shot by Dorothy (Dof) Hallam. Dof was the first woman to shoot film for the ABC, and is rightly celebrated as a pioneer of the film industry. Dof will be at the talk, and will be interviewed by James.

Now a long-term resident of the Tasman Peninsula and former PAHSMA employee, James Parker worked in the Australian film industry in the heady days of its revival in the 1970s and ‘80s. He sees the documentary “Not Quite Hollywood” as encapsulating his somewhat misspent youth – but he wouldn’t swap it for quids.

When: Wednesday 30 September, 12 noon

Where: Asylum, Port Arthur Historic Site

RSVP NOTE: Attendance by booking only. For bookings phone 1800 659 101 between 10am and 4pm or email Port Arthur Reservations

Physical distancing requirements will be observed at all times.

Download the “The Tasman Peninsula on film” talk flyer.


TJC Special Event: A Tear in the Glass – Nina Stanton’s life journey through the fine and decorative arts, Wednesday 30 September, 10:30am AEST

Join The Johnston Collection (TJC) on Wednesday 30 September at 10:30am for this special presentation by renowned historian, journalist, author and friends of TJC Mary Ryllis Clark. Mary will take her audience behind the scenes of the making of A Tear in the Glass – Nina Stanton’s life journey through the fine and decorative arts in this engaging lecture presented via Zoom.

‘Learning to read objects is like learning to read oneself.’ – Nina Stanton

In 2008, when Nina Stanton, then Director of The Johnston Collection, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she wrote her memoir linking her life to objects in the Collection. In early 2009, knowing she was running out of time, she asked Mary Ryllis Clark to finish the book by placing the objects in their cultural and social context.

>> more information and bookings


2020 Online Lecture Series: ‘Understanding World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation’ – next session, 7 October

The preparatory office for the International Centre for Interpretation and Presentation of the World Heritage Sites under the auspices of UNESCO (hereinafter the Centre) is pleased to announce that the preparatory office for the Category 2 Centre, newly approved at the 40th session of the General Conference (2019), was launched in late May under the supervision of the Cultural Heritage Administration (CHA) of the Korean government. The Centre will play a pivotal role in World Heritage interpretation and presentation, which contributes to raising public awareness of the value of World Heritage and the importance of protecting it.

In 2020, the Centre will be holding an online lecture series titled ‘Understanding World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation’, starting on 10 September (next session is on 7 October).

The previous sessions are now available to stream from the YouTube and Facebook links below.

The lectures will be made available to the public via the Cultural Heritage Administration and the Centre Preparatory Office’s YouTube channel and the Facebook page. The lectures and Q&A sessions will be conducted in English and publicly accessible for viewing without prior registration. Videos of the sessions will be uploaded to the YouTube channel and Facebook page after the Live stream to be viewed at any time. The time schedule of lectures will be adjusted according to the local time in the region of the speaker’s residence, and the time will be announced in advance on the preparatory office’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Download the World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation Online Lecture Series leaflet for more information.


▶ Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea’s YouTube & Facebook

▶ Preparatory Office for the Centre’s YouTube & Facebook


ICOMOS Webinar Series: Cultural heritage solutions for water challenges – next session, 14 October

The overall aim of the webinar series is to inform water professionals and heritage experts about the Water and Heritage initiative and its activities, which aim at recognition by water managers that water related heritage can contribute significantly toward water challenges. The specific objective of the webinars is to encourage national working groups to be initiated with the longer-term objective to mobilize support to have Water and Heritage discussed at the UN International Water conference to be held in New York in 2023; see the Chair’s Statement of the symposium ‘Water and Culture’ held on February 3 in Tokyo.

Webinar 2: Cooperation between the Water and Cultural Heritage sectors
14 October 2020,12.00-13.30 Central European Time (click here to check your local timings)

For more information all on the sessions, visit this link.

Download the ICOMOS Water Heritage webinars 2020 leaflet.


FUTURE FORUM 2020: Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia, Friday 16 October 2020, Fremantle, WA

The Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists (AACAI), the Anthropological Society of Western Australia (ASWA) and Australia ICOMOS are hosting a one-day forum on ‘Visions for the future of Aboriginal Heritage in Western Australia’.

Date: Friday 16 October 2020
Time: 8am to 5pm (drinks and canapes afterwards until 7.30pm)
Venue: Esplanade Hotel, 46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia

Check out the event on Facebook.

Download the WA Aboriginal Heritage Future Forum October 2020 flyer.

Registration Fees*

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

*Registration includes morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea during the 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.

For bookings visit this link.

Numbers are limited to 200 people (due to current Government restrictions for events/gatherings). Registrations will close on Friday 2 October (unless capacity is reached before then).

Travel subsidies for First Australians based outside of Perth to partially offset the cost of getting to Fremantle are being offered. Amounts will vary depending on distance travelled and the total number of applicants. Travel subsidies can be requested through the Humanitix registration page. If you know of anyone who wants to take up this option, please contact JJ McDermott by email or phone 0458 608 786 for assistance with the booking.

If you are unable to attend the Forum in person but are still interested in participating, please contact JJ McDermott by email or phone 0458 608 786 before Friday 18 September. We are looking into arranging a potential live streaming option over the Zoom platform and need to get numbers as soon as possible.


Art Deco from the National Collection: The World Turns Modern, until 8 November at the Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney

The term was coined during the 1960s: but what precisely is ‘Art Deco’? The answer might seem straightforward – but there are many differing opinions.

One scholar, Jared Goss, calls it “an umbrella label for the vast range of design and architecture created globally between the First and Second World Wars.”

Whatever definition we choose, Art Deco certainly made a huge impact in Australia. From the 1920s onward, its influence was felt across architecture, design and the decorative arts.

A new exhibition has arrived in Sydney which gives visitors a glimpse of this exciting period in world history.

Exhibits include paintings, sculpture, design and photography. With works by Rupert Bunny, Raynor Hoff, Napier Waller, Hilda Rix Nicholas, Thea Proctor and Harold Cazneaux.

One of the highlights is Jean Broome-Norton’s sculpture Woman with Horses (1934). There’s also a Café Australia chair (1916) by Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin – one of only four known examples.

Art Deco from the National Collection: The World Turns Modern is at the Hazelhurst Gallery until 8 November 2020.

This will be the exhibition’s last stop before it returns to the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.




Association for Preservation Technology HINDSIGHT 2020 conference, ONLINE, 1-7 October 2020

The Association for Preservation Technology International is the premier cross-disciplinary organisation dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their setting. While based in the USA and Canada, APT has members in 30 countries, and the APT Australasia Chapter has been in operation since the 1980s.

Originally planned to be held in Edmonton, Canada, this year for the first time ever, the APT annual conference will be held remotely, with all keynote and paper presentations available to conference participants on demand. The additional specialist workshops run over three days, and a two -day symposium on lime, will however only be available live, in the middle of our night. If you have always wanted to take part in an APT conference, but been unable to attend in person, now is your chance!

HINDSIGHT 2020 will explore heritage conservation’s disruptive role in a 21st century defined by resource scarcity, climate change and sustainability. Papers are divided into five tracks:

  • Picturing the Past: heritage documentation, diagnostics and modelling
  • Materials Conservation for the Future: tradition, sustainability and innovation
  • Climate and Heritage in Crisis: integrating old and new buildings and communities
  • Radical Regeneration: business, policy and adaptation in urban and rural communities
  • New Heritage Imperatives: inclusion, renewal and expanding relevance

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


CHNT conference, 4-6 November 2020, ONLINE – early bird until 5 October & other news

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

The registration and payment form is now open. Early bird open until 5 October.

The final program will be online soon.

The “Call for posters and apps” is open until 28 September 2020.


“Archaeological World Heritage Sites – Cross-border Conservation, Communication, Cooperation” conference, Germany, 5-6 November 2020

On the occasion of the Federal Republic’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union (July-December 2020), this conference, organised by ICOMOS Germany, will focus on archaeological World Heritage sites in Europe, the protection and preservation of which can only be guaranteed by the European states and their neighbours together.

There are currently 46 UNESCO World Heritage sites listed on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, 43 of which are World Cultural Heritage sites and three Natural Heritage sites. Eight of these World Heritage sites are cross-border and transnational sites. Hardly any other signatory state to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention has such a high proportion of multinational or transnational World Heritage sites as the Federal Republic of Germany. In particular, among the Cultural Heritage sites of the Federal Republic of Germany inscribed on the UNESCO list over the past decade, there are a number of archaeological World Heritage sites that have re-accentuated the Federal Republic’s World Heritage profile. These are for instance the Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Limes) (2005), the Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps (2011), the Caves and Ice Age Art in the Swabian Jura (2017), or the Archaeological Border Complex of Hedeby and Danevirke (2018).

For more information about this conference, visit the ICOMOS Germany website.


2020 Congress ‘Practices and Challenges in Built Heritage Conservation’, Edinburgh, 2-6 November 2020 – grants available, various deadlines

IIC 28th Biennial Congress: Current practices and challenges in built heritage conservation

The organisers of this congress (the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works IIC) hope to encourage attendance from conservators and cultural heritage professionals from all over the world and for those who are at different stages of their career including students and early career professionals.

The various grant and bursary programs are summarised below. For more detailed information visit the IIC Congress website.


Getty Foundation Attendance Grants
Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation, IIC are pleased to be able to offer 30 grants to enable practicing conservators to participate in this year’s Congress online. Deadline for applications is 25 September 2020.

Tru Vue
Thanks to the generosity of Tru Vue, we will be offering a number of funded places for non-members to attend online – whatever your location or employment circumstances. Deadline for applications is 15 October 2020.

The Brommelle Memorial Fund
This fund was established in 1990 in memory of Norman Brommelle, who was Secretary-General of IIC between 1958 and 1988. The fund is used to provide assistance for students of conservation who wish to attend the Institute’s international congresses. The Fund will normally provide support towards 100% of the registration fee for participating in the Congress online. Deadline for applications is 15 October 2020.




South Australian Heritage Council positions (2021-24) – applications close 25 September 2020

The South Australian Heritage Council is formed under the provisions of the SA Heritage Places Act 1993. The Council’s role includes:

  • strategic advice to the Minister responsible for Heritage on heritage related matters
  • an advocacy role around the protection and promotion of our State’s Heritage Places
  • the identification and assessment of nominations to the South Australian Heritage Register and determination of the Place or Object meeting the threshold for entry in the South Australian Heritage Register
  • considering the criteria for State Heritage Area nominations for referral to the Minister for Planning

The application period is now open for South Australian Heritage Council positions for the three year term of 2 April 2021 to 1 April 2024.

To apply you need to provide a short cover letter, your CV and fill in an application form that you can download here.

You are encouraged to read the Member Duty Statement before you apply.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 25 September 2020.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call Mr David Hanna, Executive Officer on telephone (08) 8226 2127 during office hours.


Heritage casual training assessor opportunity

Transport for NSW are seeking expressions of interest from heritage professionals to be training assessors for a new heritage training course.

New South Wales and other Australian states including Victoria have been experiencing a large volume of work in the construction industry, particularly in the transport sector, which is forecast to continue. A large number of the projects involve work that includes national, state and locally heritage-listed buildings, structures and their surrounds. A number of government agencies in NSW worked together to develop a Heritage Supervision course to provide training for individuals who are involved in works affecting heritage-listed buildings and structures. There is a need to provide this training to people who have a variety of professional backgrounds but no formal understanding of heritage conservation and management. These include personnel within both public and private organisations (project managers, for example) who have decision-making responsibility relating to heritage-listed assets as a regular part of their daily activities, but who may be unaware of legal obligations in relation to heritage assets.

The new heritage training course is owned by Heritage NSW, with Transport for NSW creating course content that will be delivered in an online format.

Assessors must have the following requirements:

  • Current professional heritage experience
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • Can be based anywhere in Australia with reliable internet service

If you are interested in being involved or finding out more, even if you don’t yet have the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, then please contact Richard Shorten by email.


Call for applications: Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development”, November 2020 to November 2021, blended delivery (online/Italy) – deadline: 27 September 2020

The call for applications for the new edition of the Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development”, offered by the University of Turin, the Polytechnic of Turin and the International Training Centre of the ILO, in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), is now open.

The programme is intended for professionals involved in the management of World Heritage properties and/or professionals and specialists involved in the preservation or promotion of cultural heritage.

For more information, visit the course website.

Applications close 27 September 2020.


Australian Heritage Council – Expressions of Interest for 2021 Vacancies: deadline for EOI is 1 October

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment, is seeking to appoint new members to the Australian Heritage Council (Council) to fill anticipated vacancies from March 2021 in accordance with the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003.

The Council plays an important role in the Australian Government’s protection of natural, cultural and Indigenous heritage by providing independent advice to the Minister for the Environment on the assessment, listing and promotion of National and Commonwealth heritage places.

Appointments are made by the Minister under the Australian Heritage Council Act 2003. Under the Act, in appointing members, the Minister must ensure that:

• 2 of them have substantial experience or expertise concerning natural heritage; and
• 2 of them have substantial experience or expertise concerning historic heritage; and
• 2 of them are Indigenous persons with substantial experience or expertise concerning Indigenous heritage, at least one of whom represents the interests of Indigenous people.

Expressions of interest are invited for appointment to the Council as an expert in Indigenous or historic heritage. Successful applicants will be highly collaborative and have significant standing in the relevant field.

For more information, visit this link.

The deadline for EOIs is 1 October.


REMINDER: 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.


NUS (Singapore) post-graduate programs in Architectural Conservation – applications close 2 October

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has some new programs – an MA in Architectural Conservation and Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation.

Download the course brochure for more information; also visit the National University of Singapore website.

Apply by 2 October for the January 2021 intake.


Invitation to participate in research survey – closes 5 October

John Gillen, a Master of Cultural Heritage student at Deakin University, is undertaking research on the extent of use of information communication technologies (ICTs) in field recording of historical heritage in Australia. His research project is titled: “To what extent is the use of ICTs in the field recording for historic heritage places and historical archaeology sites occurring in Australia; and what factors, if any, may be inhibiting the widespread use of them?”

Participation will involve answering 26 questions about your experiences recording historic heritage and historical archaeology as well as using ICTs in the field and will take approximately 15 minutes.

More information (the Plain Language Statement) and the survey itself is available at this link.

The survey will be open until 5 October.


UK | Australia Season 2021-2022: Australia-based applications open, deadline extended to 5 October 2020

Australia-based arts organisations and individuals are invited to submit project proposals for inclusion in the UK | Australia Season 2021-22.

The UK | Australia Season 2021-22 will celebrate and strengthen the partnership between Australia and the UK.

The Season is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen and build cultural connections. This will be the first time the Australian Government and the British Council have collaborated on a reciprocal Season, which will take place from August 2021 to March 2022.

Under the theme ‘Who are we now?’ and particularly in light of the COVID pandemic, the Season will reflect on both nations’ shared history and culture. The Season will explore the UK and Australia’s current relationship, and imagine our future by bringing together artists, universities, and civil society leaders from both countries in a diverse and inclusive way.

The Australian program will take place in the UK from August to November 2021, and the UK program in Australia from September 2021 to March 2022.

The Season is inviting participation from across the Australian creative sector. Projects across all art forms are welcome to apply. A welcoming and supportive environment for First Nations participants is central to the Season.

Funding opportunities available
Australian organisations applying for inclusion in UK | Australia Season will have the opportunity to also apply for grant support in two ways:

1. The British Council’s UK | Australia Season Grant

The UK | Australia Season is supported by the British Council Board of Patrons, which includes UK and Australian representatives and is chaired jointly by Sir Lloyd Dorfman CBE and David Gonski AC.

Australian projects to be presented in the UK can bid for up to AUD $40,000 under the UK | Australia Season Grant. Please note this grant is only available to organisations.

Organisations can apply for this grant during the application process on the Australia-based applications page on the British Council website.

2. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)

UPDATE: Information relating to the ACDGP is now available from DFAT. Australian individuals and organisations can apply for grants of up to $60,000 AUD. ACDGP applications must be made via the SmartyGrants portal by Monday 5 October 2pm AEST. A reminder that organisations are also eligible to bid for up to $40,000 AUD as part of the UK/Australia Season Grant (see above).

Australian applications for the Season are now open until 2pm Monday 5 October 2020.

UPDATE: Webinar audio available on line
A webinar for Australia-based arts organisations and individuals looking to find out more about the Season recently took place. The panel included representatives from the Australian High Commission in the UK, DFAT and British Council Australia, who shared key information around the Season concept, funding opportunities and eligibility criteria. There was also an extensive Q&A session for live participants. Audio of the webinar is now available to (audio commences at 8:03).

Find out more
Twitter: @AusHouseLondon and @AuBritish

Facebook: Australian High Commission UK and British Council Australia

Please use #UKAUSeason where appropriate, we would love to share content posted by our colleagues across the sector where possible.


The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 (WA) – public consultation period closes 9 October

The Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2020 is now open for public consultation. This new legislation will replace the outdated Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972, concluding more than two years of consultation with Aboriginal people, industry representatives, heritage professionals and the Western Australian community.

>> more information about the entire review of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972

>> more information about the final phase

Submissions close Friday 9 October 2020.




[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Manager Statutory Approvals, Heritage Victoria

Heritage Victoria is now advertising the role of Manager Statutory Approvals. This role is a fixed term position from mid-December 2020 to mid-October 2021.

Applications for the role close at midnight on Thursday 1 October 2020 and can be made at the link below.

The role is part of the senior leadership team at Heritage Victoria and is responsible for managing three statutory approvals teams – permits, archaeology and maritime heritage. These teams make recommendations about change to places protected under the Heritage Act 2017 to provide for the protection and conservation of the cultural heritage of the State.

A copy of the position description can be found at this link.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Chief Executive, Placemaking NSW, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is recruiting for a new role, Chief Executive, Placemaking NSW, which aligns to their strategy to keep Sydney green and create accessible places that delight and make NSW a great place to live and work. 

Chief Executive, Placemaking NSW will bring three teams together – Sydney Olympic Park, Place Management NSW and Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation, to drive an integrated approach across some of the State’s most treasured places. 

The great places managed within these teams are known and loved globally for their world-class events, venues, parklands, heritage, sustainable economies and thriving communities.

The new role will support a coordinated approach to placemaking across the arc of planning delivery, precinct management, design, public spaces and place excellence.

Building and driving a strategic vision for The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Sydney Olympic Park and the Hunter and Central Coast supports our Premier’s priorities to increase the proportion of public spaces easily accessible to communities across NSW, as well as increasing the tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney.

The job advertisement is now live on I work for NSW Government website.

Applications close on 5 October 2020.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Heritage Operations Manager, National Trust of Australia Queensland, Brisbane 

National Trust of Australia Queensland (NTAQ) is a membership-based community organisation and registered charity that works to protect, conserve and celebrate the environmental, built and cultural heritage of our state. NTAQ connects communities through meaningful partnerships. The NTAQ portfolio of properties includes Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Wolston Farmhouse at Wacol and nine other properties across Queensland. Please visit the NTAQ website for more details.

For more information about this role, visit this link.


[NEW] SITUATION VACANT Director Public Programs, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), Port Arthur, Tasmania

PAHSMA has created a new role that will be an active member of PAHSMA’s Executive Leadership Team. The Director will work in a collaborative manner to deliver the conservation and tourism outcomes for the organisation. The role is responsible for creating a vision and framework for the planning, design and delivery of content and programs that educate, engage and enhance visitor, public and community understanding and appreciation of the heritage values of PAHSMA’s three sites. This includes the values that accrue from the sites’ inclusion as part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. We are looking for someone who can provide leadership and direction for interpretation, guiding, education and experience development for all the Port Arthur Historic Sites, and work in partnership with the other members of the Executive Leadership Team to ensure the reflection and protection of our heritage values and conservation messages, and to ensure consistency in visitor experience and services across all PAHSMA sites.  

Contact Officer: Stephen Large, m: 0419 388 791
Closing Date: 5 PM, Monday 12 October
To apply: visit this link


SITUATION VACANT ‘Activating Heritage’ Project Manager, Heritage South Australia

The ‘Activating Heritage’ Project Manager is responsible for delivering projects relating to the strategic activation and management of Government-owned heritage places. The role will be responsible for managing complex relationships across government and with external stakeholders, balancing commercial and community interests through consultation and negotiation, and delivering individual projects from beginning to end. The role requires strong commercial acumen, regulatory responsibility and project management expertise.

Contract Length: Up to 12 months.

Special Conditions

  • A current National Police Certificate will be required if successful
  • Some out of hours work may be required
  • A current driver’s license and willingness to drive is essential
  • May be required to participate in fire management and associated duties

ASO6 – $92,784 min per annum up to $98,143 max per annum

Beverley Voigt, Manager, Heritage South Australia | 0427 424 626 | email Beverley

Application Instructions
All applications to be submitted online. Applicants to submit a CV and letter of application (max 3 pages) addressing the competency elements outlined in the Role Description.

Applications close: 6:00pm, 26 September 2020.

For further information visit this link.


SITUATION VACANT Associate Director (Built Heritage), Urbis, Melbourne

Urbis is a market-leading firm with the goal of shaping the cities and communities of Australia for a better future. Drawing together a network of the brightest minds, Urbis consists of practice experts, working collaboratively to deliver fresh thinking and independent advice and guidance – all backed up by real, evidence-based solutions.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate Director to be part of Victoria’s premier planning team, focused on building our built heritage offering in Victoria as a priority, followed by archaeology. We are looking for an enthusiastic, commercial, proactive and experienced heritage consultant or heritage architect to build our new Melbourne Heritage team, supported by our highly experienced and successful Melbourne Directors and a market leading National Heritage team in Sydney and Brisbane.

If you are an enthusiastic candidate, with the desire to become part of a driven and highly professional team, click on “Apply for this job” via the following link.

For any questions please contact us at this email address.


SITUATION WANTED Master of Archaeological Science student seeks heritage conservation experience

Elisa is currently undertaking an Master of Archaeological Science at the Australian National University. She is looking for opportunities to intern and/or do other work experience in heritage conservation.

More information (and Elisa’s contact) is available in the Elisa Scorsini EOI.




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