On this page, you will find a variety of resources to assist you in your museum practice:


See below for templates developed by AMaGA Victoria Museum Accreditation Program and Exhibition Services. Additional model documents are available to museums participating in MAP and to AMaGA members on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

DOC_icon.jpg MAP Forward Planning Template (doc file, 262kb)
DOC_icon.jpg MAP Collection Policy Template (doc file, 326kb)
DOC_icon.jpg MAP Interpretation Policy Template (doc file, 239kb)
 Exhibition Templates from Exhibitions: a practical guide for small museums & galleries

Small Museums Cataloguing Manual

We are pleased to present the Small Museums Cataloguing Manual (4th edition), the industry-standard reference for community museums wishing to start or develop their collections cataloguing. This essential practical tool is free to download below.

This user-friendly, full-colour edition has been fully revised to include guidance on using cataloguing software on computers, ‘how to’ examples of worksheets, and lists of useful resources.

The Small Museums Cataloguing Manual accords with Benchmark A2.4.2 of the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries. The cataloguing framework of our online cataloguing system Victorian Collections is based upon the principles presented in the Small Museums Cataloguing Manual.


pdf.jpg Full Publication
pdf.jpg Cataloguing Worksheet
pdf.jpg Standard Facilities Report

Additional Resources

 Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online
 Australian Pictorial Thesaurus
pdf.jpg Supplements – Classification and Authority Lists, 1996 Edition

Resource Documents

National Standards for Australian Museums & Galleries

AMaGA Victoria staff are members of the National Standards Taskforce who has developed the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries. The document provides standards, tips, and resources in all areas of museum practice.

The National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries (version 1.5) have been developed by the Taskforce in consultation with the museum sector and were updated in September 2016. The Taskforce members collectively responsible for the Standards include representatives from the following organisations: Arts Tasmania, ACT Museums & Galleries, History SA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Museums & Galleries Queensland, Museums & Galleries of NSW, Museums Australia (Victoria), Western Australian Museum.

You can also download the National Standards 1.5 summary.

Significance 2.0

Significance 2.0 outlines the theory, practice, and many applications of the concept of significance in collection management. Available online and as a PDF Download.

Conservation Planning

This kit explains how to bring in a qualified Conservator as consultant to work up a plan with museum staff. A useful tool for community museums applying for project funds through Heritage Victoria’s grants program.

pdf.jpg MA Conservation Plan


Oral History Kit

The following resource was developed in collaboration between AMaGA Victoria and Museum Victoria, and is based on Museum Victoria’s Oral History Kit (2014).

 Recording Your Story - Oral History Kit 


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.

Download AMaGA Victoria's Reopening Guidelines (Version 1.5).pdf 


Indigenous Roadmap Project

The AMaGA Indigenous Roadmap project is a Catalyst-funded initiative to facilitate discussion on how best to advance the participation and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in museums and galleries.

 First Peoples Roadmap for Enchancing Indigenous Engagement in Museums and Galleries


Sector Research & Reports 

Local Government and Cultural Collections Report

The culmination of a two-year research project, the report illuminates the important contributions to Victorian cultural life made by council collection activities, and identifies opportunities for enhancing this work.

pdf.jpg Local Government and Cultural Collections Report (2016)

Exhibition Capacity Review

As the Regional Exhibition Touring Initiative (RETI) Program entered its 10th year, AMaGA Victoria engaged a consultant to review the needs of the Victorian museum and gallery sector, with a focus on exhibition capacity.

pdf.jpg Exhibition Capacity Review Report (2009)


 Infosheet 1: Collection Care 

 Infosheet 2: Conservation Planning and Museums 

 Infosheet 3: Conservation and Lighting

 Infosheet 4: Temperature and Humidity 

 Infosheet 5: Air Pollution

 Infosheet 6: Environmental Monitoring in Museums

 Infosheet 7: The Effects of Storage on Museum Objects

 Infosheet 8: Creating or Improving Storage 

 Infosheet 9: Useful resources for Collection Care 

 Infosheet 10: Numbering Objects in Museum Collections 

pdf.jpg Infosheet 11: Museums Displays and Exhibitions

 Infosheet 12: Essential References for Community Museums 

 Infosheet 13: Starting or Improving a Museum

 Infosheet 14: Firearms and Victorian Museums 

 Infosheet 15: Information for Victorian museums with Aboriginal collection items 

 Infosheet 16: Resources for Victorian museums with Aboriginal collection items

pdf.jpg Infosheet 17: Online Tools for Museums

pdf.jpg Infosheet 18: Caring for Shipwreck Artefacts

pdf.jpg Infosheet 19: Shipwreck Legislation in Victoria

pdf.jpg Infosheet 20: Legal Resources for Victorian Museums and Galleries


Image: Museum Practice workshop on preventive conservation at the Castlemaine Art Museum.