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Australia ICOMOS

Australia ICOMOS
Founded1976 (1976)
TypeProfessional Body
ServicesConservation and protection of cultural heritage places in Australia

Australia ICOMOS is the peak cultural heritage conservation body in Australia. It is a branch of the United Nations-sponsored International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a non-government professional organisation promoting expertise in the conservation of cultural heritage.[1] Its secretariat is based at the Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific at Deakin University.

Formation and role

Australia ICOMOS was formed in 1976 and is one of over 100 current ICOMOS national committees. ICOMOS was formed in 1965 to advise UNESCO in the assessment of sites proposed for the World Heritage List. Membership of Australia ICOMOS comprises over 650 members, managed by an Executive Committee of 15 people who are elected from the membership. Several Australia ICOMOS members are also represented on various ICOMOS International Scientific Committees, and expert committees and boards in Australia.[2] It plays an important role in co-ordinating advocacy activities to raise the profile of Australia's cultural heritage.[3]

The first meeting which led to the formation of Australia ICOMOS was in Melbourne on 20 October 1976, and the first ICOMOS conference was in Beechworth in 1978, where they devised a committee to work up a local version of the Venice Charter. The actual ICOMOS meeting where the committee's draft was provisionally endorsed was in the town of Burra in 1979.[1][4][2] Australia ICOMOS played the pivotal role in developing and Burra Charter, regarded as the best-practice standard for cultural heritage management in Australia, which has influenced subsequent heritage legislation and conservation guidelines and practices in Australia.[1][5]

Australia ICOMOS has also been responsible for producing the Australia State of the Environment Report (SoE), to advise the Minister for Environment on ...the current condition of the Australian environment, the pressures on it and the drivers of those pressures.[6]

Australia ICOMOS also organises an annual national conference on themes relevant to conservation and heritage in Australia and South East Asia, often on a specific heritage and conservation theme for example on the Australian Capital city's 100th anniversary in 2012.[7]

Recent collaboration between the Chinese government, the Getty Conservation Institute and Australia ICOMOS has seen the export of Australian conservation expertise in developing China Principles, ...the Middle Kingdom's statement of conservation philosophy and method that is based on Australia's highly regarded Burra Charter.[8] Australia ICOMOS and the Burra Charter have also been held up as a world standard in Malta.[9]

Historic Environment  
Edited byTim Winter
Publication details
Australia ICOMOS (Australia)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Hist. Environ.

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Historic Environment

Australia ICOMOS publishes Historic Environment (ISSN 0726-6715), a triannual peer-reviewed academic journal covering cultural heritage and heritage conservation,[10][11] first published by the Council for the Historic Environment, from 1980 to 1991, then by Australia ICOMOS and the Council for the Historic Environment in 1992 and by Australia ICOMOS alone from 1993.[12] Editions are often on a specific heritage and conservation theme, for example 'Canberra's 100th anniversary' in 2012.[7] and 'Extreme Heritage' dealing with ... managing heritage in the face of climatic extremes, natural disasters and military conflicts in tropical, desert, polar and off-world landscapes.[13]

The journal is the pre-eminent publication on heritage conservation in Australia, is allied to the international organisation ICOMOS, it is cited extensively in conservation literature, records the major heritage conferences in Australia, and has been in publication for over 30 years.[10][11] The journal aims to bring together ... dynamic, critical interdisciplinary research in the field of cultural heritage and heritage conservation. The journal has an editorial committee of five with lead editor Dr Tim Winter in 2013. It was ranked 'A' by the Excellence in Research for Australia classification scheme.[10][14]

Accessed on-line via State Library of New South Wales,[15] and indexed through various index services including RMIT's Australian Heritage Bibliography,[11] and the Australian Public Affairs Information Service (APAIS).[16] It is held in over 80 libraries worldwide including all of the Australian state libraries and major Australian and New Zealand university libraries.[17] and was ranked 'A' by the Australian Research Council Excellence in Research for Australia classification scheme.[10][14] Australia ICOMOS also publishes the Australia ICOMOS newsletter (ISSN 0155-3534) on a regular basis.


Australia ICOMOS provides a mentoring program for cultural heritage students as well as architectural students who have completed subjects in architectural conservation[18] and the Australia ICOMOS Victorian Scholarships.[19] Australia ICOMOS projects extend to providing expertise and fund-raising for restoration projects in the wider Asia and Pacific region, including the Streetwise Asia School Restoration Project in the Philippines.[20] Australia ICOMOS, and in particular Dr Richard Mackay, have been involved in conservation management advice for the World Heritage Listing of Ankor Wat in Cambodia for many years.[21]


  1. ^ a b c Susan Thompson, Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  2. ^ a b Australia ICOMOS Website
  3. ^ National Trust Australia, Media Release 3 August 2011 Archived 18 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Australia ICOMOS > The Burra Charter Full text of the 1999 revised version of the Burra Charter. Retrieved 16 August 2011
  5. ^ Marta De la Torre, Getty Conservation Institute, Heritage Values in Site Management: Four Case Studies (Getty Publications, 2005)
  6. ^ Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australia ICOMOS State of the environment 2011 workshop, summary notes DECEMBER 2011 Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b "ICOMOS National Conference, 'Imagined Pasts, Imagined Futures'". Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Robert Bevan, 'Selling heritage to China' The Australian June 02, 2011
  9. ^ Samantha Fabry' Conserving local heritage through heritage management Times of Malta December 18, 2005
  10. ^ a b c d Australia ICOMOS publications
  11. ^ a b c Australian Heritage Bibliography, RMIT, INFORMIT
  12. ^ Historic Environment (Online) Australia ICOMOS. Published Carlton Vic. : Council for the Historic Environment, (Vic.), 1980-, On line access or on CD-ROM
  13. ^ 'Extreme Heritage' Historic Environment Volume 23 number 2 2007
  14. ^ a b "Researchers, ANU Research". Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ State Library of New South Wales on-line access
  16. ^ Australian Public Affairs Information Service (APAIS)
  17. ^ OCLC World Cat
  18. ^ Australia ICOMOS mentoring scheme, University of Melbourne
  19. ^ Winners of the Inaugural Australia ICOMOS Victorian Scholarship 2008 Archived 22 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ Australia ICOMOS E-Mail News No. 439 Jun 04 2010 'Successful completion of Streetwise Asia School Restoration Project in the Philippines' & 'Fund Raising for Streetwise Asia Fund Philippines School Restoration project No 2 - 2010 - 2011'
  21. ^ LIVING WITH HERITAGE AT ANGKOR, Prof Richard Mackay, AM & Sharon Sullivan

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