COVID-19 is an ongoing public health emergency, affecting us personally, our families, our communities and our organisations. First and foremost, our thoughts and priorities lie with the health and wellbeing of our sector and wider community. We wish to extend our gratitude to our healthcare workers and those providing essential services.
Coming off the back of a disastrous summer of bushfires in 2019/20, and with ongoing flooding and severe weather events experienced throughout 2020 and 2021, we are conscious that the needs of our members have shifted significantly. AMaGA Victoria is dedicated to developing ways to meet the emerging needs of our members, whilst continuing to provide existing services.
The AMaGA Victoria team is working remotely, however we remain contactable via email. Please see a full staff list and contact details on the contact page. Any general questions, inquiries or concerns can be sent to email@example.com
We hope that the information shared on this Emergency Response page will keep you updated with relevant developments affecting the sector as well and resources to guide you and your organisation through these challenging times.
AMaGA Victoria 'Reopening Museums and Galleries During Covid 19' Guidelines
These guidelines are designed to provide information and resources to assist small to medium museum, gallery and collecting organisations to navigate this complex process and must be considered in the context of current advice from the Department of Health and Human Services.
This resource is a live document which will be periodically reviewed and updated as more information is available and further restrictions are lifted.
The guidelines are currently being amended to reflect new Government advice.
Events and Professional Development
To fill the gaps left by the recent cancellation of face-to-face training and events AMaGA Victoria is working in partnership with the National Office to provide a series of online webinars, workshops and tutorials. We are in the process of converting previously scheduled in person events to digital platforms, whilst introducing a series of more responsive events. All events will be added to our events page as soon as they are confirmed.
Museum Accreditation Program (MAP)
We understand that many current MAP participants have concerns and queries relating to COVID-19. The MAP Managers are on hand to discuss issues experienced by MAP participant organisations during the pandemic, please contact us via email.
In line with the current health advice, MAP is not undertaking any site visits or physical meetings. Prior to COVID-19, MAP had already cancelled visits for 2020 to undertake a review of the program. The review is continuing, and MAP will be continue to update participants regarding changes to the program and 2021 scheduling when finalised.
During this time memberships (new and renewing) will still be processed as per AMaGA National Office procedures. If you are still keen to renew your membership, but do not want to use the online payment system, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and phone number and AMaGA staff will give you a call to renew over the phone.
While in-person workshops are not possible now, we are looking at ways to help our users maintain their enthusiasm for Victorian Collections. Our new Collections Management System (CMS) has been made live, providing an opportunity for organisations to familiarise themselves with cataloguing and digitisation requirements. There are 'Help' pages, information sheets, and how-to videos available to help guide you through the cataloguing process. Questions and comments about the system can be sent via our Helpdesk. Victorian Collections, including the Veterans Heritage and Regional Digitisation projects, are currently planning alternative ways we might deliver our workshops and share information at this time.