Enabling disaster readiness through digitisation and knowledge sharing.



The Collections and Community Resilience Project (CCRP) is a Victorian state-wide initiative that provides regional communities with the opportunity to digitally preserve their collections and receive onsite training in collections care, preventative conservation and risk mitigation in the face of natural disaster events. 

This project is entirely free of charge, with all organisations receiving high quality digital files of their collection items, relevant resources and high-level training to ensure long-term safekeeping of their collections. 

It is anticipated that 6-9 organisations will be selected to participate in this half of the program, which will commence with an online introductory session in August followed by onsite training taking place between August and December 2023. 

Once organisations are selected, AMaGA Victoria will work with participants to host a public digitisation day where local community members will be invited to learn about digitisation and ways to document their precious personal items for safekeeping. Spaces will be limited. 



The selected organisations will receive up to 6 days of onsite training, broken up into two separate three-day sessions, approximately three weeks apart. In the first session, you will receive training in collections care and digitisation, and practical hands-on digitisation time.

In the second session, you will receive further digitisation and catalogue photography time, as well as choose from the following four themes for a half-day intensive workshop:

  • Disaster planning and response (preparing for and responding to a disaster) 
  • Collections care and preventative conservation (environmental monitoring, cleaning, condition reporting and conservation planning) 
  • Storage and moving (how to store, move and develop storage solutions) 
  • Collections management (cataloguing, policies, acquisitions, loans) 

In total, you will have 80-100 items from your collection photographed over the digitisation sessions, as well as the knowledge and skillset to continue your collections management and digitisation journey.



To be eligible for the project you must: 

  • Be a small to medium-sized community museum, collecting organisation, historical society, Keeping Place, gallery, or community organisation (i.e. sports club, volunteer association) 
  • Be situated in a regional location or interface local council area (including Cardinia, Casey, Hume, Melton, Mornington Peninsula, Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Yarra Ranges) 
  • Have 3+ volunteers or staff available to participate in training at all onsite days 
  • Be available between August and December for two separate, three-day onsite training sessions, to be held three weeks apart 
  • Have an available space at your organisation to undertake training and photography work



To apply, please go to this link to complete the questionnaire and submit. Please note that the EOI process should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete, with no supporting documentation required.

If you have any further questions, encounter difficulties with the application process or would like to check on your eligibility, please contact Toyah Horman, Program Manager for the Collections and Community Resilience Project at thorman@amagavic.org.au or 0423 499 452. 

Applications are due by end of day, 14 July 2023 

Please note, places are limited – no late submissions will be reviewed. 

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