The Oral History Victoria Community Innovation Awards are open to all community-based oral history practitioners, including freelance workers and professional historians, and members of voluntary organisations and public institutions (excluding educational institutions).

Oral historians based in Victoria are encouraged to apply for one of two annual awards judged by Oral History Victoria (OHV).

To be eligible projects must have been active (in creation and / or production) in 2015 and / or 2016. Applicants must be based in Victoria, though the project may involve oral history work interstate or overseas. Applicants need not be members of OHV, though they will be added to the OHV mail list and encouraged to join. Members of the OHV committee may not apply.

Each award winner will receive a prize of $250, and all shortlisted projects will be posted on the OHV website. The judging panel may award joint prizes and/or Commendations for Excellence to outstanding runners-up. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to make a short presentation about their project at the OHV annual general meeting on Thursday 27 October.

For guidelines and details on how to apply, visit the OHV website

Closing date for applications: 1 September 2016.

Update: Heritage Act Review

Public consultation on the Heritage Act was undertaken between June and August 2015, with submissions invited in response to a published discussion paper. To see PHA (Vic)'s submission, click here.

Heritage Victoria received over 130 submissions and online survey responses. Where agreed to by the author, submissions have been published at: http://www.dtpli.vic.gov.au/heritage/about-heritage-in-victoria/heritage-act-review-2015. 

In addition, a Summary Report provides an overview of the submissions received. 

All submissions received are now being carefully considered to guide the future direction of the Heritage Act. Heritage Victoria will provide updates on its website as further information becomes available.

Heritage Act Review 2015

The Heritage Act 1995, ­ administered by Heritage Victoria in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, is Victoria's principle legislation for the identification and management of non-Indigenous heritage places and objects of State significance, historical archaeological sites and maritime heritage. 

With 2015 marking the 20th year of the Heritage Act's operation, it is timely to review and modernise its scope. Information on the review can be found here, including a Discussion Paper which identifies a range of areas to strengthen the operation of the Act.

In consultation with its members, PHA (Vic) has made a submission commenting on the proposed amendments to the Heritage Act 1995. Click below to read it.

PHA (Vic) comments on the Heritage Act Review 2015