Our Code of Ethics and Code of Practice is really important.
It ensures that we act at all times to ensure the protection and conservation of cultural material, as well as to promote the standing, accountability and standards of the profession within the Australian community.
It's your guarantee that conservators are accountable and trustworthy to the task of conserving and protecting valuable cultural materials.
Conserving cultural heritage is a skilled task and relies on an understanding of the significance of the object as well as detailed structural and chemical knowledge. Conservation treatments should be carried out by qualified conservators. We have published a set of guidelines to help when engaging a conservator.
In October 2000, AICCM publicly declared its commitment to Reconciliation in the following statement.
'We the members of AICCM acknowledge and value the unique status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original owners and custodians of this land and its waters.
As conservators we especially recognise and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples ownership of and right to self-determination concerning the preservation and representation of their material culture. We agree that the objects and the information relevant to them are of equal importance, and that conservation practice must adapt to cultural requirements.
We join with many Australians in expressing our sorrow and sincere regret for the wrongs and injustices of the past, for their continuing consequences and resultant disadvantage. We are sorry for the pain and suffering Indigenous Australians endure as a result of these practices.
We look forward to a future together that recognises these wrongs, a future where all Australians enjoy equal rights, with the opportunity to achieve our full potential.'
AICCM is involved in several projects where the principles of Reconciliation have been enacted.