ICOM Australia


The International Council of Museums Australia (ICOM Australia) is a part of the global network of museum and heritage professionals committed to the world’s natural and cultural heritage. As a branch of the International Council of Museums based in Paris, it represents the international interests of its member museums and museum professionals across Australia and nearby regions.


ICOM Australia is committed to promoting an Australian perspective on the conservation, continuity and communication to society of the world's diverse natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible.

ICOM Australia complements Museums Australia in that both associations provide membership services and advocacy on behalf of the Australian museum community. ICOM Australia provides an international perspective while Museums Australia has a national focus.


As a non-governmental, non-profit body, ICOM Australia advocates:

• professional cooperation and exchange

• dissemination of knowledge and raising public awareness of museums

• training of personnel

• advancement of professional standards

• elaboration and promotion of professional ethics

• preservation of heritage

• combating the illicit traffic in cultural property.