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The Institute aims to advance professional practice in the heritage and arts sectors. It seeks to improve approaches to professional practice that can flow back into industry performance, public sector program delivery, and enhance academic teaching and research.

Professional practice in the heritage and arts sectors increasingly involves individuals pursuing flexible career options, including private consultancy practice and mobility within and across industry, academic and government environments. The Institute will concentrate on targeted activities that support the interaction of heritage and arts professionals across these environments. 

The Institute will concentrate on four core activity areas:



1. Member and partner services

  • A range of practical services to individual members and organisational partners

2. Professional development activities

  • Short courses suitable for accreditation to formal courses of study
  • Skills development workshops
  • Standards and methods workshops
  • Professional updates on topical areas and specific issues

3. Project associations

  • Making available examples of projects that illustrate examples of professional practice
  • Developing case study and teaching materials associated with these projects

4. Expert advice

  • Technical advice on issues informing policy and program development
  • Advice on issues regarding legislation, conventions, standards and guidelines
  • Advice on professional development and training needs

The Institute is designed to have strong synergy with Research School of Humanities & the Arts activities. The Institute will build on relationships established through the existing research capacity of the Research School and its postgraduate certificate, diploma and masters programs. The Institute will also provide an important bridge for early career professionals and post graduate students to gain greater exposure to the working issues of the heritage and arts sectors. Opportunities to work on aspects of associated projects will be identified that may be suitable for postgraduate students and for work placements with Institute partners. The opportunities will be managed through the Research School of Humanities & the Arts existing internship program.

Opportunities for heritage and arts professionals to spend time at the Institute will be possible through the Research School of Humanities & the Arts Visiting Fellows Program. We will welcome the opportunity to host Australian and International experts working on areas of relevance to the Institute's aims and activities.

The Institute’s focus will reflect and benefit from its location in the National Capital. The national and international scope of the Institute will harness the considerable expertise of heritage and arts professionals working in and visiting Canberra. This includes a major focus on collaborative projects within Australia, in North Asia, South Asia and in the Pacific. The Institute will take a leadership role in engaging with the professional development and professional practice support needs for heritage and arts in the Asia – Pacific Region.

Updated: 13 May 2010/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSHA / Page Contact:  IPPHA administration