How to Nominate

Any government, institution, organisation, group or individual may submit nominations for the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register. However, priority will be given to nominations made by or through relevant heritage institutions and to Australian documentary heritage under threat. In addition, two or more governments, institutions, organisations, groups or individuals may put forward joint nominations where collections are divided among several owners or custodians. Such prior collaboration is strongly encouraged. The UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Committee also reserves the right to initiate nominations itself.

Why nominate an item or collection for the Australian Register?

  • Strategic opportunities (promotional and political) arising from right to use the high-status UNESCO Memory of the World logo
  • Prestige conferred on organisations and collections as a result of UNESCO’s recognition
  • Opportunities for increased public awareness
  • Strengthening arguments for sponsorship, grants and annual funding for preservation
  • Being part of the global effort to enhance awareness and support for the preservation of documentary heritage


The nomination program operates biennially. Nominations are assessed by the Assessment Sub-Committee, and the deadline for submission for the current round is 30 June. Nominators will be advised of the outcome of the assessment in late December/early January 2016 and successful nominators will receive their certificates of inscription at a ceremony in Canberra in March 2017.


Please get in touch with us to discuss your proposed nomination, using the Contact Us facility on this website. The nomination form can be downloaded below.