What's the Standards Program?
The Standards Program is one of our hallmark programs. It's designed to assist small to medium museums and galleries to operate sustainably.
Through a process of self-review and external feedback, your museum can assess your practices and policies against minimum standards developed for public museums and galleries.
The program aims to establish a long-term network for sustainable community museums and galleries as well as acknowledge the hard work undertaken by volunteers and paid staff to maintain Australian heritage.
How does it work?
The National Standards Taskforce is a national body that developed the National Standards for Australian Museums and Galleries. The Standards are focused on key areas of activity common to organisations that care for collections and provide collection-based services to the community.
The National Standards have been developed with the aim of supporting Australian museums and galleries in carrying out their day-to-day activities, meeting their responsibilities to their various stakeholders, attracting support, and achieving their other organisational objectives.
These are based on international standards and adjusted for practicality and Australian conditions.
M&G NSW is a member of this taskforce and works with organisations on the ground to improve museum standards across NSW.
Who can be involved?
From 2016 the Standards Program will be offered state-wide and interested organisations can apply via an Expression of Interest. This will allow us to tailor schedules to better suit each organisation and to pick up those who missed out when the program was in their region. In the second half of 2016 we will be trialling a Level 2 program for those who want to continue to improve aspects of their management, collection care and visitor experience.