May 12, 2021

Update to the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries and call for Expressions of Interest

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We are excited to announce that through their role with the National Standards Taskforce, our Museum Accreditation Program (MAP) staff will be contributing to a major update of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries. Museums & Galleries Queensland (on behalf of the National Standards Taskforce) has received funding from The Ian Potter Foundation to support this review and update of The Standards.

Developed with the aim of supporting Australian museums and galleries in carrying out their day-to-day activities, The Standards have been adopted and used widely across Australia since their creation in 2008. Changes to the museum and gallery sector since The Standards were first created, including increased demand for digital engagement and better understanding of Indigenous protocols, mean that this important industry resource requires significant revisions and updates.

The creation of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries 2.0 will see the inclusion of new content pertaining to Diversity, Environmental Sustainability, Social Media and Digital Engagement, and updates to all other areas of The Standards, particularly Disaster Preparedness and Copyright.

The project will also involve a holistic review of The Standards’ content relating to First Peoples involvement with museums and galleries and an update to align with the Pathways for Indigenous Engagement as outlined in the AMaGA publication First Peoples: A Roadmap for Enhancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries.

Expressions of interest are sought nationally for a First Nations consultant to lead The Standards alignment with the Roadmap and close COB Wednesday 26 May 2021. For further information see Museums & Galleries Queensland website or contact our MAP Managers: Amelia Marra, or Sherryn Vardy,