ICOM Australia


ICOM membership is open to museums and galleries, their staff and volunteers, museum sector providers, museum retirees and post-graduate students undertaking museum related study


  • Museum - for the purposes of membership, a museum is defined as a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.
  • Museum professionals - for the purposes of membership museum professionals include all staff of the museums and institutions qualifying as museums in accordance with the definition above and persons who, in a professional capacity, have as their main activity to provide services, knowledge and expertise for museums and the museum community.



Membership is open to museums, institutions recognised by ICOM and museum professionals.

All candidates eligible for membership must agree to accept and adhere to the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums. This is done through the membership application process.

Your membership may be denied. Any payments will be refunded immediately upon explanation of your ineligibility. 

ICOM membership is not available to any person or institution (including its employees) that trades (i.e. buys or sells for profit) cultural property - including works of art and natural and scientific specimens - taking national laws and international conventions into consideration.  Likewise, persons or institutions engaged in an activity that conflicts with ICOM´s ethical standards are not eligible for membership.


Membership Categories

  • Individual members - museum professionals, still working or retired
  • Institutional members - museums or other institutions that comply with the above definition of a museum
  • Student members -  persons enrolled in museum-related post-graduate academic programs
  • Honorary members -  persons who have rendered exceptional services to the international museum community or to ICOM. All former elected ICOM Presidents are deemed honorary members
  • Supporting members - persons or institutions providing substantial assistance to ICOM both financially and otherwise, due to an interest in museums and the international co-operation between museums

Queries: Contact ICOM Australia

Apply or renew

Please keep in mind that:

  • ICOM Australia will request evidence from you that you meet the appropriate eligibility requirements
  • the issuing of new or replacement membership cards from Paris takes at least 4-6 weeks
  • membership for the new year opens 1 October with stickers available from November
  • membership is for a calendar year commencing 1 January. Pro rata fees are not available.



New membership applications are all on-line. Please use this link and choose either 'individual' or ' institutional'. The rest is straight forward and once you have applied you will hear from ICOM Australia within 5 working days.


Queries: Contact ICOM Australia