ICOM 75th anniversary

ICOM turned 75 on 16 November 2021 and will continue to mark the anniversary over the coming year. This milestone comes at a time of both great challenges and opportunities for our organisation. During the past year, despite the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, our international network found a spirit of innovation and creativity that made ICOM as active as ever.

Further background

ICOM 75 information kit



National cultural plan

ICOM Australia welcomes the recently released bipartisan report, Sculpting a national cultural plan, of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts, on their Inquiry into Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions.

 ICOM Australia full media statement

Parliamentary report 



Renewals for 2022 now open

ICOM Australia members are invited to renew your membership for 2022. More


ICOM Australia COVID-19


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues nationally and internationally the impact on us all is profound. Cultural institutions are dealing with the pandemic is a range of ways. An Australian guide for cultural insitutions has been developed and ICOM internationally has issued a message. More


Vale Ron Vanderwal

ICOM Australia Award winner and pioneering Australasian archaeologist Ron Vanderwal died on 19 July 2021. Ron's anthropological and archeaological journey commenced formally in the 1960s. ICOM Australia extends sympathy to Ron's family, friends and colleagues. More


2020 annual report

ICOM international's 2020 annual report is availalbe online. Annual report



Blue Shield is marking 25 years of helping to protect cultural heritage from conflict and disaster. More



Update on museum definition

ICOM international has been progressing the work on revising and updating the definition of what constitutes a museum.

Results of consultation phases 1 and 2

ICOM museum definition phase 3 survey


ICOM Australia Justice equality diversity statement

ICOM Australia advocates for inclusive, participatory and sustainable museums. ICOM Australia stands against all forms of racial injustice and inequality and advocates for change.

As the leading membership body representing the Australian museums, galleries, heritage and archives internationally, we take an active part in ending racism in the heritage sector. More



For past ICOM Australia news and e-bulletins see:

ICOM Australia e-newsletter

For more news see ICOM international's newsletter:

 ICOM e-newsletter


ICOM Australia news