Calling all Interpretation Professionals

Do you have a story to tell?
A project you would like to share?

Why not participate in IA’s webinar
and podcast series. We would love to
hear from you.


Upcoming Events

all-day Visitor Research Forum 2019 @ Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
Visitor Research Forum 2019 @ Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
Apr 3 all-day
Visitor Research Forum 2019 @ Taronga Institute of Science and Learning
The event aims to bring together industry and academic thought leaders working and researching in the area of visitor research across Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr.[...]
all-day International Conference on Inte... @ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
International Conference on Inte... @ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 20 – May 24 all-day
International Conference on Interpretation @ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Join us in Rio de Janeiro, a city famous the world over, for the 2019 International Conference on Interpretation. Hosted for the first time in South America, the International Conference on Interpretation takes place in[...]

Welcome to Interpretation Australia

Interpretation Australia is a not-for-profit national membership-based organisation dedicated to advancing the profession of cultural and natural heritage interpretation.

What interpretation does

Interpretation communicates ideas, information and knowledge in a way which helps visitors to make sense of their environment. Good interpretation will create engaging, unique and meaningful experiences for visitors. It takes many forms including such things as guided walks, talks, drama, art, sculpture, displays, signs, brochures and electronic media.

Who is IA?

The Interpretation Australia Association was formed in 1992 to share issues and ideas, improve professional standards and raise the profile of interpretation as a profession. It serves more than 400 members in Australia, New Zealand and other countries.

Many IA members are employed by government agencies. Other members are consultants who work in interpretation development, visitor research, writing, graphic design, multi-media, drama and guiding. They provide services to agencies to develop and produce interpretive plans, interpretive media, and guiding programs.

What IA offers

IA offers useful resources for use by our members; provides a job and tender page where members can advertise; and our supplier registry, which is accessible by non-members. It provides a one stop directory for specialists across the range of sectors in which interpreters operate.

Additionaly, IA also provides a national event each year, which either takes the form of a conference where members present their own experience and research; or as a workshop and skill sharing exercise. Smaller, state based events are also offered during the year.

2018 Interpretation Australia National Award Winners

This year we had a phenomenal number of entries for our Awards! The range and quality of the entries were outstanding and it was a difficult year for our judges.

In order to showcase these great projects it was decided that we would also have Runner Up Awards this year. Additionally the judges also chose two Judges Choice Awards.

Congratulations to all our 2018 National Award winners! To see who won visit our Awards page.

Resources – Members Only

IA provides members with a resource library of useful documents, case studies and exampels of best practice. These resources are continually being updated so please let us know if you have something to share!

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