Conservation awards


The AICCM Awards recognise excellence amongst practicing Australian conservators, conservation volunteers and those who actively promote conservators and conservation. We currently support six national awards which are awarded annually.

Click the award title for more information about current and past winners.


The AICCM Conservator of the Year

This award recognises and rewards individuals whose extraordinary efforts have directly contributed to the raising of standards in their workplace or within their conservation field. It is also awarded to people who have worked to promote the profession of conservation and its activities to the wider community and who have encouraged membership of the AICCM. 


The AICCM Student Conservator of the Year

Nominated by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation or the University of Canberra, this award recognises outstanding coursework students studying conservation practice at a tertiary level in Australia who have contributed significantly to the activities of the AICCM and have begun to develop their careers by becoming actively involved in the profession.


Outstanding Service to the Profession Award

This award recognises an AICCM member or institutional member who has contributed to the profession either over the long term or a single project through at least two of the following:

  • active involvement in delivering conservation seminars, workshops and other educational/learning opportunities;
  • mentoring of other conservators;
  • promotion of conservators and/or conservation within and beyond the profession
  • by working with allied professions and the public.

Outstanding Research in the Field of Material Conservation Award

This award acknowledges an AICCM member or research team who has undertaken substantial research in the field of material conservation, and who has shared this information within the national and/or international material conservation profession via the AICCM Bulletin.


Outstanding Conservation Volunteer Award

This award recognises the unique skills brought by volunteers to the conservation of Australia’s cultural heritage and rewards volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution. The award encourages the two-way sharing of specialist skills between conservators and volunteers, and acknowledges potential these relationships have to bridge identified skills gaps.


Hall of Fame

This award recognises career long contributors to conservation and acknowledges skills sharing across levels of seniority ensuring that skills are not lost from the profession.