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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.

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Member benefits

ICOM Australia join us benefits; Background image: (detail) Marine exhibition courtesy of Museum Victoria; photographer: James Geer

See the range of individual and institutional member benefits: Benefits

Codes of ethics

ICOM Australia code of ethics for museums

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.

ICOM Australia code of ethics for natural history museums

A further code defines ethical standards on issues specific to Natural History Museums .


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.


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 (2019)

ICOM Australia membership rates 2018

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

Postgraduate students
(related to museum studies)

AUD $   62


Supporting members

Supporting individual

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

 AUD $440


Price on

GST does not apply.

Discount for Australian Museums and Galleries Association members

Australian Museums and Galleries Association individual members receive 5% discount on ICOM Australia individual membership.  


Payments are only acceptable in Australian Dollars.


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 closed while we prepare to move to the new IRIS international database by mid-2019. Meanwhile, please download a relevant form below and apply manually.

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 at the Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Office:

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

2019 application forms

Individual Individual
Retired individual Retired individual
Postgraduate student Postgraduate student
Supporting Supporting
Institutional Institutional