Founded in December 2000, and conducted under the auspices of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the Australian Memory of the World Program is one of more than 60 Memory of the World programs worldwide. The Australian program aims to:
- develop the Australian Memory of the World Register
- propose nominations to the Memory of the World International Register
- promote the Program through publications and presentations
- encourage and seek government and private sector sponsorship for specific projects and activities
- participate in selected heritage activities and be an advocate for the documentary heritage sector.
The Australian Memory of the World Program operates within the regional framework of MOWCAP, the Memory of the World Committee for Asia/Pacific.
UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee
- Chair: Roslyn Russell
- Deputy Chair: Shane Breynard
- Treasurer: Pam Gatenby
- Chair, Assessment Sub-Committee: Christine Yeats
- Chair, Documenting Australian Society working group: Adrian Cunningham
- Pacific region liaison: Kylie Moloney
- Student Volunteer Program Coordinator: Rachel Watson
- Anne-Marie Condé
- Ray Edmondson
- Margaret Farmer
- Lyndall Ley
- Barbara Reeve
- Maggie Shapley
- Jacqui Uhlmann
State and Territory Liaison Officers
- New South Wales: Christine Yeats
- South Australia: Corinne Ball
- Tasmania: Jenny Jerome
- Victoria: Nicola Cousens
- Queensland: Gavin Bannerman
- Western Australia: Bruce Baskerville, Joanna Sassoon
Committee members come from a range of documentary heritage-related occupations and institutions across Australia, including the National Archives of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), State Library of Queensland, History South Australia, the Royal Australian Historical Society, the Archives Office of Tasmania, and independent archivists and audiovisual archivists, conservators, curators, historians and librarians.
The UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee operates under the aegis of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.