How to Nominate

Any government, institution, organisation, group or individual may submit nominations for the 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 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 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. The Australian process is structured to operate in the alternate years to the international and regional programs. Nominations are assessed by the Assessment Sub-Committee.


UNESCO has published general guidelines on how to submit a nomination for inscription but for the Australian Register you should follow the instructions in the Submission Manual (coming soon). Please get in touch with us to discuss your proposed nomination.