AusHeritage is a network of Australian cultural heritage management organisations, established by the Australian Government in 1996. The network aims to facilitate the engagement of practitioners and organisations for the Australian heritage industry in the overseas arena. Its members work internationally on a grant funded, commercial or cooperative basis.
Members come from a variety of disciplines including: materials conservators, conservation architects and planners, academics, urban planners, environmental lawyers, cultural tourism planners and heritage managers. Membership organisations range from major Commonwealth collecting institutions and their counterparts in various State governments, to university departments and private sector consulting firms.
AusHeritage is the only nationally based, multi-disciplinary cultural heritage organisation in Australia.
The primary objectives of AusHeritage are to:
- promote Australia’s heritage and conservation services internationally;
- secure international cultural heritage projects and developmental opportunities;
- improve members’ access to assistance for external activities and information;
- contribute meaningfully towards international efforts to build and sustain the cultural heritage industries.
AusHeritage functions as a specialist information provider and market research agent for its members, providing a common platform enabling individual organisations to participate in the formation of a strong and unified identity in the international marketplace. Individual members contribute to the common identity but are free then to respond either individually or collectively to particular project opportunities.
All members are bound by AusHeritage’s Code of Ethics, which emphasises the essential complementarity of business, professional and personal values.
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