628-homeBattery Point Sculpture Trail, Futago with Judith Abell & Chris Viney.

What is interpretation?

Interpretation is a means of communicating ideas and feelings which help people understand more about themselves, their culture and their built or natural environment. There are many ways of communicating these ideas, including guided walks, talks, drama, displays, signs, brochures and electronic media.

Good interpretation creates meaningful connections for the visitors and is used in national parks, Aboriginal keeping places, museums, zoos, botanic gardens and historic sites – in fact anywhere with a story to tell uses interpretation to tell it.


JG workshop

National and State events

IA hosts a range of events during the year.  There is a National Event in the spring of each year, usually either a conference or a workshop, although we have some interesting new ideas in the pipeline!

For more information about our events, follow the links below:

Past Events

Standing Out from the Crowd – national event

Pre and Post fun at Standing Out from the Crowd

National Event – 2016 CANBERRA

State Events

TMAG_HomeCentral Gallery, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery.

If you are looking for someone to work on an interpretation project, this is a great place to start. The directory lists products and services supplied by many of our members across the wide spectrum of expertise which makes up the Interpretation sector.


Subscribe to our regular fortnightly ENews and Members can access our latest quarterly Magazine.  For more details about contributing to the next Interpreting Australia Magazine follow the link below.

Firewater_HomeIA 2014 Gold Award over $30,000, Firewater 2010 by SHFA

Each year Interpretation Australia awards the IA Awards for Excellence in Interpretation. We also award the Georgie Waterman prize and the Academic achievement award. Follow this link for more information.

Joining Interpretation Australia is easy.  Follow this link to decide which type of membership will suit your needs, then follow the process to apply, make payment and join.

Interpretation Australia aims to strengthen the recognition of interpretation as a discrete and separate profession requiring specific skills and training. For more information follow this link.

This link is for members only and will take you to a range of useful resources, job and tender opportunities and publications. You will need your username and password to log in.