Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 989


  1. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS/University of Canberra Heritage Studies PhD scholarship
  2. [NEW ITEM] Caring For Country Webinar 2: “Climate Change Adaptation for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage”, 8 September 2021, 12.00 noon AEST
  3. [NEW ITEM] Australian Garden History Society National Conference, ONLINE, 10-11 September 2021
  4. [NEW ITEM] Save the date: 2021 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture, 19 September, online
  5. [NEW ITEM] Caring For Country Webinar 1 video available online
  6. [NEW ITEM] ICOMOS Jordan request for support
  7. [NEW ITEM] News from CyArk








1. [NEW ITEM] Australia ICOMOS/University of Canberra Heritage Studies PhD scholarship



Australia ICOMOS and the University of Canberra are delighted to announce that the joint Australia ICOMOS/University of Canberra Heritage Studies PhD scholarship has been awarded to Kate Clark.

This co-funded project aims to respond to the Australia ICOMOS’ strategic agenda, expand thinking around heritage in Australia and produce a legacy that has the potential to influence practice, policy and conceptual/theoretical innovation. The project is an important industry/academic collaboration that will feature a supervisory team made up of Australia ICOMOS representatives and academics led by Australia ICOMOS member Professor Tracy Ireland, Director of the University of Canberra’s Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.

Kate will be looking at ways to better understand the environmental, social and economic value of heritage in Australia, and how this can be more effectively embedded into wider Australian public policy. Kate is an industrial archaeologist with a career in museums and heritage in the UK and Australia. She is well known internationally for her innovative approaches to heritage policy challenges and is the author of over 30 books, articles and chapters. She was Director of Sydney Living Museums in Sydney and also Chief Executive of Cadw, the Welsh historic environment organisation and has been a member of the Australian Heritage Council. Kate has been thinking about the value of heritage for many years and is really looking forward to working with Australia ICOMOS to better explore the Australian policy context and its challenges.

Kate’s research project will be based in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, in the Faculty of Arts and Design, which hosts a diverse array of multi and interdisciplinary research projects crossing boundaries of critical heritage, science and technology, creative practice, digital humanities, design and urban planning, and sustainability. Current funded research includes three ARC Linkage projects and two ARC Discovery projects, including Everyday Heritage, Heritage of the Air, and Laser Ablation for Conservation and Restoration of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Other funded projects include The Sustainable Shine Dome, Digital Modelling for Climate Resilience for the Old Great North Road, Ginninderry Living Lab Research Framework, and the Haig Park Experiments – Urban Activations.

Australia ICOMOS and the University of Canberra would like to thank all of those who submitted applications for this competitive award – the standard of applications was uniformly excellent. We look forward to keeping members informed of the progress of this exciting initiative.

Helen Lardner
President, Australia ICOMOS


2. [NEW ITEM] Caring For Country Webinar 2: “Climate Change Adaptation for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage”, 8 September 2021, 12.00 noon AEST


Caring For Country Webinar 2: Climate Change Adaptation for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
Wednesday 8 September 2021, 12.00pm AEST

(Webinar duration approx. 1 hour 30 mins)

Register at this link | Webinar N° 871 3554 0226 | Code: 217245

Join us for the second Webinar in the Caring For Country Webinar Series, rescheduled to 8 September 2021. This webinar series has been organized by the Caring For Country Committee, a Working Group of Australia ICOMOS with members from Australia ICOMOS, ICOMOS New Zealand, ICOMOS Pasifika and Non-ICOMOS members from Oceania.

Webinar 2: ‘Climate Change Adaptation for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage’ is presented by Polly Mitchell and Jason Wilson. We will hear about a project which aims to increase the capacity of NSW Aboriginal communities to discuss and consider adaptation decision-making around climate change impacts, and how climate impacts have been addressed on traditional land at Narran Lakes in central north New South Wales.

Polly Mitchell will outline the ‘Climate Change Adaptation for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage’ project which aims to increase the capacity of NSW Aboriginal communities to discuss and consider adaptation decision-making around climate change impacts. The project uses the most up to date information and co-designed adaptation pathways, to work with Aboriginal communities to identify options for protecting and adapting culture and heritage. The process enables the multiple points of views in the community to be heard, and fosters discussions that can form a considered strategy, rather than reactive response to individual climatic events. Enabling these kinds of discussions, and how strategies and actions are formed as a result, is the goal of this project.

Jason Wilson will talk about his work tackling Climate Change Adaptation with the Narran Lakes Joint Management Committee and the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in this project. Narran Lakes country shows the effects of changes in climates over eons. Recent climate change has impacted Narran Lakes country and the cultural heritage embodied in the country. Mitigation measures have been taken by the Narran Lakes Joint Management Committee to protect this cultural heritage and country.

For additional information about this webinar and the speakers, please read the Newsletter prepared by the Caring For Country Committee.

Our thanks to Jaye Cook, Australia ICOMOS Associate Member and member of the Caring For Country Committee, for designing the graphics, logo, and templates for newsletter and presentations for the Caring For Country Webinar Series.


3. [NEW ITEM] Australian Garden History Society National Conference, ONLINE, 10-11 September 2021

The Australian Garden History Society is excited to be bringing landscape history to life at our 2021 conference. Whilst we are unable to gather in September, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to enjoy our lecture series on our theme Many Dreams // One Landscape virtually!

For more information and to register, visit the Australian Garden History Society website.

Download the AGHS 2021 online conference flyer.


4. [NEW ITEM] Save the date: 2021 Duldig Lecture on Sculpture, 19 September, online

For the 2021 Annual Lecture on Sculpture we are honoured to welcome guest speaker Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti-Wamba Wamba-Yorta Yorta-Boon Wurrung artist, designer, curator and researcher. Maree will deliver an address that provides insights into sculpture in contemporary society in an online event.

We can’t wait to welcome Maree Clarke into the museum’s 2021 cultural program for this important flagship event, which is being presented in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.

Sunday 19 September, 2pm to 4pm

Register your interest via Eventbrite.


5. [NEW ITEM] Caring For Country Webinar 1 video available online

The videos associated with Caring For Country Webinar 1 “Oceania Wisdom For a Climate Chance” held on 4 August 2021 are now available on the ICOMOS Webinar Series webpage (hint – click on the thumbnail image). The full recording of Webinar 1 is being edited and will be available soon. Further information and contact details are available in Newsletter 1.


6. [NEW ITEM] ICOMOS Jordan request for support

Australia ICOMOS is posting this information at the request of ICOMOS Jordan.

Dear Colleagues,

ICOMOS Jordan has joined with activists and concerned organizations in Jordan to help spread awareness and exert pressure to reverse a decision by the Jordanian government to open a nature reserve for mining activities. More information at the links below.

>> ICOMOS Jordan Statement
>> Facbook post
>> Twitter post


HRH Princess Dana Firas
President ICOMOS-Jordan
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Heritage 


7. [NEW ITEM] News from CyArk

Read the latest News from CyArk – August 2021.




AICCM Agents of Change series: #6: POLLUTANTS – 31 August, 7-8.30pm AEST

Agents of Change: 10 Agents Over 10 Months

The AICCM Preventive Special Interest Group is hosting a series of online forums. Following on from the successful 2019 conference Managing Risks to Collections, 10 AGENTS OVER 10 MONTHS will explore and expand the traditional 10 Agents of Deterioration to encompass relevant and topical themes – such as the climate change, bushfires, repatriation, and COVID.

The series will run from March to December covering one Agent per month, and has been developed to enable our Conservation community to continue to share knowledge, insights and experiences virtually through talks, presentations, workshops, panel discussions and hybrid events throughout 2021.

31 August 2021
>> more information | registration

Speakers: David Thickett, Jean Tétreault & Lisa Addison


WEBINAR: The Cultural Value of the Night Sky, 15 September, 6pm AEST

15 September, 6pm
Prof Clive Ruggles | University of Leicester

Should cultural heritage sites be lit at night for tourists? What is the value of the night sky for cultures present and past? Prof Ruggles explores these questions from an archeoastronomy perspective.

Clive is Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, UK. He has worked in many parts of the world and published numerous books, papers and articles including the 3-volume Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy (2014), for which he was editor-in-chief. He has ongoing fieldwork and analysis projects in Hawai‘i, Peru and Europe and from 2008 to 2018 was a leading figure in a joint initiative by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the International Astronomical Union to recognise, protect, and promote the world’s most important astronomical heritage sites. He was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s new Agnes Mary Clerke Medal in 2017 for a “lifetime of distinguished work in the overlapping areas of archaeology, astronomy and the history of science”.

>> Register here




International Iconic Houses Conference, online, five weekly modules starting 2 September

How did progressive architecture develop in The Netherlands in the past hundred years and what have the residents of ‘normal houses’ gained from the wild experiments that the architects have sometimes carried out?

In September, Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House will put the strongest examples of innovative, avant-garde residential architecture in the spotlight for you in five online modules. In total, twenty modern house museums of The Netherlands will be featured. Leading authorities on architecture will present a series of thematic videos about the Dutch reinvention of the house in the 20th century. These films will complement the live streamed keynote lectures on the same themes.

The five modules can be joined live online by house museum professionals/volunteers, owners of modern homes, architects, preservationists, and architecture lovers, on the five Thursdays in September: 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 September.

Registration is now open

The package of recorded lectures together with the video series can be purchased later as modules through our webshop to watch on demand.




City of Stirling (WA) Design Review Panel – EOI close 27 August

If you are enthusiastic about shaping and influencing design, with a background in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, planning, heritage and/or sustainability and environmental design – we invite you to nominate for the City of Stirling’s Design Review Panel.

The Design Review Panel membership will include up to 15 suitably qualified professionals to act in a consultative capacity to the City, reviewing and providing independent, impartial, expert design advice on a variety of development proposals and strategic instruments.

More information on the Panel and the nomination process is available on the City of Stirling website.

Nominations close 5.00pm, Friday 27 August 2021.


Develop Professional Skills with ACAHUCH MicroCerts in Urban and Cultural Heritage: Registrations Open

Drawing upon the world-leading research, teaching and industry expertise within the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH), these online microcredential offerings are designed for professionals of diverse backgrounds seeking to expand their applied skills in Urban and Cultural Heritage.

Upcoming microcerts include:

Statutory Heritage (starts 15 September 2021)
Gain a solid grounding in heritage laws, policies and processes from leading heritage practitioners. This course is designed for professionals in both the government and private sectors seeking the fundamentals of local, state and national heritage governance.

New Approaches to Heritage Significance (November 2021)
Learn cutting-edge techniques for assessing the cultural significance of heritage places. This course is designed for experienced and emerging professionals to foster practical skills to address recognised challenges in the field.

Each MicroCert is taught fully online over 3 weeks (30 hours) + 1 week for assessment and is relevant to professionals from a wide range of sectors with an interest and/or involvement in urban and cultural heritage.

Designed with contributions from leading Australian architects and planners, state and local authorities, heritage bodies, community groups and other leading urban and cultural heritage organisations, microcredentials are awarded through information-rich digital certificates and can be shared with prospective employers and accrediting bodies digitally and via social media, such as LinkedIn.

Each offering provides you flexibility to upskill, expand your knowledge or begin a pathway to further study.

Register for an information session or contact the learner support team for more details.


Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards 2021 – nominations close Friday 3 September

Now in their 28th year, the Victorian Museums and Galleries Awards celebrate the wonderful achievements of the Victorian museum and gallery sector. We recognise that 2021 has been another year of upheaval and change and unfortunately because of the ongoing uncertainty our awards ceremony will again be a free online event. Please do join us to celebrate our sector’s resilience in times of uncertainty that has been 2021 and recognise the amazing work carried out by individuals and organisations even through these challenging times.

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. This prestigious event celebrates organisations and individuals whose passion and work build a strong Victorian museum and gallery industry. 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 visit the AMaGA Victoria website.

Nominations close 5pm, Friday 3 September.


International Wood Committee (IIWC) “Minimal Intervention Challenge” – submissions due 20 September

Wooden heritage is especially rich and diverse in examples that spread through every culture and latitude. Due to the specific characteristics of wood, its conservation involves specific approaches that might differ from those accepted in the conservation of heritage built with other materials, such as disassembling. The appropriateness of approaches in wooden heritage conservation is a constant discussion in meetings and Symposia. However, it is widely accepted that interventions should, as stated in the 2017 IIWC Principles, follow the minimal intervention criteria. In this context, the IIWC is launching a challenge to the community of wooden heritage conservation.

The aim is to have each one of us thinking in the concept of “minimal intervention”, with the desired output of having a number of definitions of the concept related to different cases and situations of wooden heritage conservation. For that, each one of those that are willing to participate would prepare a short presentation, in which to explain the approach to the concept of minimal intervention in that case.

The examples might be a part of a repair, disassembling, reconstruction, change of use, relocation, temporary and evolving heritage, and so forth. It can focus on tangible and/or intangible aspects.

The case can be a project in which you have worked, but it can also be any case that you might consider of interest to showcase a specific definition or approach.

The format is Pecha-Kucha, which means 15 slides that last 20 seconds each, this is 5 minutes.

The presentations should include the context of the case, the condition of the wooden heritage, the research carried out, the approach to its conservation, and finally the conservation process. It is requested that all presentations include in the last slide, the definition of ‘minimal intervention’ adapted to the specific case, which should be written in a few words. Please follow this template: TEMPLATE_IIWC_MIC (PPT file).

Queries can be directed to IIWC Bureau member Tanya Park via email.

Submissions should be sent to this email address by 20 September.


REB&CG and WHEA draft World Heritage Strategy Plan – submissions invited and close 24 September

Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (REB&CG) World Heritage Environs Area (WHEA) draft World Heritage Strategy Plan (Strategy Plan).

The draft Strategy Plan and proposed planning scheme amendments are now available for anyone to view and respond to at the Engage Victoria website.

What is the World Heritage Strategy Plan?

As a place included in both the Victorian Heritage Register and the World Heritage List, the REB&CG must have Strategy Plan in accordance with the Heritage Act 2017 (the Heritage Act).

The Strategy Plan sets out strategies for the appropriate use of the WHEA, an area around the REB&CG. The WHEA acts as a ‘buffer zone’ to protect the world heritage values of the site. Areas within the WHEA are subject to height and set-back controls within the planning schemes of the City of Melbourne and City of Yarra.

The Strategy Plan forms part of the World Heritage Management Plan for the REB&CG and was completed in 2013. These plans must be reviewed every seven years, a draft Strategy Plan has been prepared to replace the 2013 Strategy Plan.

In addition to the draft Strategy Plan, draft planning scheme amendments have been exhibited to give effect to the Strategy Plan in the City of Melbourne and City of Yarra. These planning scheme amendments are also available for public comment and are supported by an Explanatory Report.

Making a submission

Information on how to make a submission to the Heritage Council is available at this link.

The draft Strategy Plan will be publicly advertised until 24 September 2021.

Any submission in relation to the draft Strategy Plan and/or proposed planning scheme amendments must be made on or before 24 September 2021.




[NEW] SITUATIONS VACANT Heritage Consultant & Senior Heritage Consultant, NBRS Heritage Studio, Sydney [Applications reviewed upon submission]

NBRS Heritage Studio is continuing to grow and is working on some exciting new projects, and we are now on the look-out for Heritage Consultants/Advisors with varying levels of experience to join our team. This is a great opportunity to be involved in a wide range of projects encompassing all aspects of heritage management and conservation.

NBRS Heritage Studio

NBRS manage heritage sites of Local, State and Commonwealth levels of significance across a wide range of projects. We work across Australia and Internationally out of our Melbourne and Sydney Studios.

In these roles you will report to the Studio Principal and will be involved in all areas of heritage management and conservation practice. This involves direct client and consultant liaison, assessment of heritage issues and provision of written advice.

You will have the opportunity to work independently as well as collaborating on larger, more complex projects. You will be involved in heritage assessments, nominations and studies; heritage impact statements; conservation management plans; conservation works schedules and interpretation plans.

For more information and to apply visit this link, and for any further details contact NBRS via email.


SITUATION VACANT Secretariat Officer, Australia ICOMOS, Melbourne [DEADLINE: 29 August]


Australia ICOMOS is a non-government, not-for-profit, membership-based organisation of cultural heritage professionals, whose mission is to lead cultural heritage conservation in Australia by raising standards, encouraging debate, and generating innovative ideas. It is the Australian National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), one of the advisory bodies to UNESCO on World Heritage.

Australia ICOMOS is managed by an Executive Committee of fifteen members—all Executive Committee (EC) activities and other projects/activities are undertaken by members on a voluntary basis.

About the Role

The Secretariat Officer will be employed by Australia ICOMOS to support the activities of the Executive Committee and to provide member services. This is achieved by ensuring that all administrative and associated tasks are completed in a professional and timely manner.

The Secretariat Officer is the public face of Australia ICOMOS and often the first point of contact for prospective new members, purchasers of publications, or interested members of the public. It is essential that the Secretariat Officer reflects the professional and ethical standards that Australia ICOMOS is dedicated to uphold.

This role will be rewarding, varied and you will be required to:

  • Respond to all incoming matters (including but not limited to general and specific queries, publication orders, membership applications, etc) in a timely manner, or refer on as appropriate
  • Collate newsletter items, create and publish the weekly newsletter
  • Coordinate all tasks associated with the journal published by the organisation
  • Provide some administrative support for events, including conferences in the years that these are held (note that professional conference organisers are usually engaged)
  • Maintain the integrity of the membership database and manage the yearly renewal cycle
  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Committee in relation to various programs that the organisation runs on an annual basis
  • Provide administrative support to the Executive Committee in relation to various governance matters, including the organisation’s statutory reporting requirements
  • Provide various reports to Executive Committee meetings (held quarterly)
  • Manage website content
  • Undertake bookkeeping, preparation of quarterly BASs and facilitate the annual financial audit
  • Other tasks as directed

About You

You will be a high-performing individual with prior experience in an administration / clerical role supporting Executive Committees. You will play a key role in contributing to the success of Australia ICOMOS and should be comfortable working autonomously as this role is largely self-managing. You will be working 20 – 25 hours per week.

Skills and qualifications (Selection Criteria)

  • Previous administration and clerical experience; experience in and understanding of the not-for-profit landscape would be advantageous
  • Sound knowledge of contemporary operational accounting and book-keeping practices is essential
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a broad range of Microsoft Office products and other software applications
  • Experience with web content management
  • A Diploma or Certificate IV in Business Administration is desirable, but not mandatory


  • Ability to work effectively with limited supervision, with the capacity to collaborate with others where required
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Highly-developed organisation and time management skills, including the ability to take responsibility for tasks, to work to deadlines and to manage multiple / competing programs of work
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new software applications quickly and on the job
  • Flexibility to respond efficiently to changing priorities
  • Ability to take direction and report to managers
  • Ability to liaise with stakeholders from a variety of settings, both internal and external
  • Sound judgement and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and good record-keeping

What we offer

  • Flexible working conditions for the right candidate, including the ability to work from home some of the time and change work hours
  • The opportunity to work for Australia’s peak heritage body as part of an international organisation
  • The position is hosted at Deakin University and co-located with a great group of people


For enquiries relating to the role, please contact Michael Queale via email using the subject line Australia ICOMOS Secretariat Officer.

Applying for the role

  • You will need to submit:

    1) a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements of this role (Selection Criteria)
    2) an up-to-date resume (maximum of 2 pages)

  • Please address your application to Ms Helen Lardner, President, Australia ICOMOS. Applications should be emailed to Australia ICOMOS no later than 29 August 2021

Download the AICOMOS Secretariat Officer PD_August 2021.


SITUATION VACANT Senior / Principal Cultural Heritage Specialist, AECOM, Brisbane [Applications reviewed upon submission]

AECOM’s multidisciplinary team of dedicated heritage specialists has an exciting opportunity for a Senior to Principal Archaeologist / Cultural Heritage Specialist to join the team in Brisbane. This role will see you join a team of heritage specialists with experience in both Aboriginal and historical heritage, focused on delivering high quality work for diverse heritage projects around Australia in the Defence, renewables, infrastructure, and other sectors. We offer clients expertise in heritage management, impact assessments, excavation/salvage, and community consultation.

Reporting to the Cultural Heritage Team Lead, you will utilise your well-developed technical expertise to carry out cultural heritage assessments for a range of clients and stakeholders. You will undertake desktop assessments and complete field surveys to identify, document and assess heritage values under State and Commonwealth legislation and produce high quality reporting tailored to our client’s needs and expectations.

As a highly experienced Heritage Specialist, with significant background working within consulting or another commercial environment, you will lead and manage a range of projects, mentor our less experienced team members and assist the Team Lead in setting and implementing our business strategy. This role presents an excellent opportunity for a current Senior Specialist to take the next step in their career, or a seasoned professional who is looking to expand their experience working in a global organisation.

For more information, visit this link.




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