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ICOM membership is open to museums and galleries, their staff and volunteers, museum sector providers, museum retirees and post-graduate students undertaking museum related study.

Individuals and organisations who deal in cultural or heritage objects for profit are not eligible for membership.

Benefits

Three reasons to join (561kB)


Code of ethics

Members of ICOM undertake to abide by the ICOM Code of ethics for museums . This code is a cornerstone of ICOM. It sets minimum standards of professional practice and performance for museums and their staff.


Definitions

Museum - for the purposes of membership, a museum is defined as a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.

Museum professionals - for the purposes of membership museum professionals include all staff of the museums and institutions qualifying as museums in accordance with the definition above and persons who, in a professional capacity, have as their main activity to provide services, knowledge and expertise for museums and the museum community.

Eligibility

Membership is open to museums, institutions recognised by ICOM and museum professionals.

All candidates eligible for membership must agree to accept and adhere to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums . This is done through the membership application process.

ICOM membership is not available to any person or institution (including its employees) that trades (i.e. buys or sells for profit) cultural property - including works of art and natural and scientific specimens - taking national laws and international conventions into consideration.  Likewise, persons or institutions engaged in an activity that conflicts with ICOM´s ethical standards are not eligible for membership.

Membership categories

Individual members - museum professionals, still working or retired

Institutional members - museums or other institutions that comply with the above definition of a museum

Student members -  persons enrolled in museum-related post-graduate academic programs

Honarary members -  persons who have rendered exceptional services to the international museum community or to ICOM. All former elected ICOM Presidents are deemed honorary members

Supporting members - persons or institutions providing substantial assistance to ICOM both financially and otherwise, due to an interest in museums and the international co-operation between museums


Membership rates (2017)

ICOM Australia membership

Membership is for a calendar year commencing 1 Jan.


Individual members

Regular museum professional

AUD $ 154
  Retired museum professional AUD $  72

Institutional members

1. (budget < $50k)

AUD $ 425
  2. (budget $50k-$160k) AUD $ 578
  3. (budget $160k-$1.6m) AUD $ 758
  4. (budget $1.6m-$8m) AUD $1210
  5. (budget $8m-$16m) AUD $1430

 

6. (budget > $16m)

AUD $1760


Student members
(non-voting)

Postgraduate students
(related to museum studies)


AUD $   62

 


Supporting members
(non-voting)


Supporting individual


Supporting institution
(have an interest in museums
and international cooperation)


 AUD $440

 

Price on
application

GST does not apply.

Discount for Museums Galleries Australia members

Museum Galleries Australia  individual members receive 5% discount on ICOM Australia individual membership.  

Currency

Payments are only acceptable in Australian Dollars.


Apply

ICOM Australia membership

Please keep in mind that:

  • ICOM Australia will request evidence from you that you meet the appropriate eligibility requirements
  • the issuing of new membership cards from Paris takes at least 4-6 weeks
  • membership is for a calendar year commencing 1 January.

International committees and affiliated organisations

Members of ICOM are eligible to apply for a range of international committees and affiliated organisations.

On-line application

On-line applications are processed through the Museums Galleries Australia website: Apply on-line here

Manual application

Manual applications for new memberships can be made by completing and sending one of the appropriate forms below. For assistance contact the ICOM Secretariat in the Museums Galleries Australia National Office:

p: (02) 6230 0346
e: ICOM Australia membership query

  New individual (118kB)   New individual (157kB)
  New institution (113kB)   New institution (158kB)
  New postgrad student (118kB)   New postgrad student (153kB)
  New supporting individual (87kB)   New supporting individual (146kB)