AICCM is managed at the national level by its National Council. The Council meets regularly to discuss responses to government policy and initiatives, the future and standards surrounding conservation education and the industry's continuing professional development.
The Council is responsible for organising national conferences, the Annual General Meeting and for the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan. National Council also establishes guidelines for Professional Membership and the Conservator of the year and Student Conservator of the year awards.
National Council has a hands-on role in the development of The Bulletin—AICCM's quarterly peer review publication, the Newsletter and member and public events. All AICCM members are eligible to be office bearers on National Council.
All National Council office bearers are volunteers with the exception of a casual web support position and the Secretariat, which operates as a 2 day a week position.
At the state level elected State Presidents each head a local division to organise meetings and workshops. These are mostly professional development activities that are incorporated in social get-togethers and networking opportunities. Some branches are very active providing professional development incentives as well as programs, support and information resourcing for projects.
Roles for conservators in each state vary and are distributed between public cultural institutions, private practice, commercial conservation laboratories and organisations specialising in art preservation.
- Tasmania has 17 members and most of its meetings receive a full compliment of members attending.
- Western Australia has 34 members and the state holds the highest proportion of AICCM Professional Membership status with a total of 11.
- NSW and Victoria have the largest numbers of conservators working across the greatest variety of specialisations employed in private capacities, in large cultural institutions and in specialist conservation laboratories.
- Queensland operates an active state division and has chosen to divert a portion of its capitation fees to the Q Grant, which directly supports a Queensland conservator to further their professional development. Read about the grant recipients here.
- Northern Territory and South Australia have traditionally worked together and comprise 30 members.
- ACT has over 90 members.
Across Australia there are a number of private conservation businesses that employ significant numbers of conservators and actively support AICCM.
Special Interests Groups
Conservators specialise in different areas of conservation much the way a doctor does. Areas of specialisation are grouped internationally with expertise developed on the individual type of material or object dealt with.
Special Interest Groups, called SIGs, collaborate across Australia-wide to organise symposiums, professional development workshops with visiting practitioners and work together on projects and publications. Read more about AICCM SIGs under the Conservation tab.
Meet our 2016 office bearers below!