AACAI

Australian Association Of Consulting Archaeologists Inc

AACAI Strategic Policy 2015–2025

[Version 1.0 dated 21 October 2015]

What our members do

Archaeologists study and care for the past, with a primary focus on the physical remains of human activities. These remnants, whether built, buried, on land or underwater, magnificent or mundane, contribute to our heritage. Heritage includes things and places that society has a desire to protect for the benefit of people both today and in the future, and should be managed with care and expertise. Archaeologists are uniquely positioned to help manage heritage and have a responsibility to do so.

 

What AACAI does

AACAI promotes professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological and heritage practice, advocates for heritage protection, and aims to bring recognition and respect to our profession. The objectives of AACAI are stated in our Constitution as:

(a) to encourage the communication of knowledge and promote a spirit of cooperation amongst workers within the field of Archaeology;

(b) to support and encourage research into all forms of archaeology, particularly those with relevance to consultancy work within the discipline;

(c) to promote the training of students in archaeology, especially in consulting work, by encouraging consultants to provide such training;

(d) to establish, maintain and encourage adherence to professional standards and ethics by fellow consultants.

 

Where do we want to be in 2025?

In 2025, all professional archaeologists working in Australia will have the skills, integrity and versatility to ensure that the study and management of our heritage brings real benefits to people’s daily lives.  To achieve this we will meet the following objectives:

Objective 1: Increase understandings of the role of archaeologists in society

Objective 2: Inspire excellence in professional practice

Objective 3: Strengthen the relationships between archaeologists working in different sectors, and between archaeologists and Indigenous communities

Objective 4: Make AACAI membership a sufficient demonstration of fitness to practice in all Australian States

Objective 5: Further develop and strengthen AACAI’s influence on heritage legislation and policy development

Objective 6: Provide members with a credible, effective and efficient professional Association

  

How will we achieve our objectives?

Objective 1: Increase understandings of the role of archaeologists in society

1.1 Increase AACAI’s role in public engagement, education and the media

1.2 Explore the possibility of chartership

1.3 Form partnerships with other professional bodies

1.4 Strive for parity of respect and reward with cognate professions

Objective 2: Inspire excellence in professional practice

2.1 Promote exemplary practice

2.2 Publicise innovation in practice

2.3 Define and promote standards and ethics

2.4 Encourage intellectual rigour and a research ethos

2.5 Advocate and organise continued training and professional development

2.6 Mentor new members of our discipline

Objective 3: Strengthen the relationships between archaeologists working in different sectors, and between archaeologists and Indigenous communities

3.1 Stimulate knowledge exchange

3.2 Encourage membership from archaeologists working in all parts of the consulting sector

3.3 Strengthen relationships with academic departments teaching archaeology

Objective 4: Make AACAI membership a sufficient demonstration of fitness to practice in all Australian States

4.1 Strengthen our membership application process

4.2 Promote the importance of membership

4.3 Increase the proportion of Australian archaeologists who are AACAI members

4.4 Promote the credibility of our disciplinary and complaints processes

Objective 5: Develop a stronger influence on heritage legislation and policy development

5.1 Contribute to a wide range of policy initiatives affecting heritage

Objective 6: Provide members with a credible, effective and efficient professional Association

6.1 Clarify our image and purpose

6.2 Develop and implement a formal communications strategy

6.3 Enhance and improve our administrative systems

6.4 Generate, publicise and effectively manage documents and correspondence