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


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. Reports from ICOM Australia Chair Mat Trinca and the international committee are below:

  Museum definition summary from Mat Trinca (Chair ICOM Australia)
  Museum definition report


Cultural inquiry submission

ICOM Australia has made a submission to the Australian Government inquiry into Australia's creative and cultural industries. ICOM submission
Other submissions

ICOM funding available

ICOM has two significant funding opportunities now open:

  • ICOM Solidarity Projects 2021
  • ICOM (Regular) Projects 2021.

Applications are invited from ICOM National Committees, International Committees, Regional Alliances and affiliated organisations. Other organisations can partner with these ICOM Committees to submit applications.

ICOM’s Solidarity Projects funding
Aimed at mitigating and responding to the impacts of the pandemic (closing 13 December 2020). More

ICOM’s regular annual projects funding
For publications, training, research and other projects (closing 10 January 2021). More

Power of cultural institutions

The Australian Parliamentary Friends of Museums Libraries and Galleries believe in the power and importance of cultural institutions at this time of national and international crisis.  Media release


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