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. Good interpretation creates meaningful connections for 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.

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.

To listen to interpreters describe their role – follow this link


 2016 National Conference

The Rules of Engagement: making, breaking and reshaping the rules of connection with our audience

Successful engagement is at the core of everything that interpreters do, whether it’s face to face, through creative design or in the digital world, connecting with audience is essential for selling your message, promoting learning or encouraging behaviour change.

Date:  19 – 21 October

Location:  National Museum of Australia, CANBERRA


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Email admin@interpretationaustralia.asn.au to register interest



All of those with interests in guiding – the GOA newsletter for May is available here

There are several new job, EOI and tender opportunities – members follow this link

Call for articles – ICCROM

Visit us on Instagram while we have our instacurators adding their best vision of interpretation.

Visit our Facebook Page to hear our member dialogue and find out what is going on in the interpretation world.



MEMBERS REGISTER FOR FREE – Registration now open for 24 May

Upcoming Webinars:

Tuesday 24 May @ 4pm (AEST)

Building Deeper Relationships Between For- and Not-for-Profits

Thursday 4 August @ 4pm (AEST) – NOTE DATE CHANGE 

Leading with Values


members only

This link is for members only and will take you to a range of useful resources, job and tender opportunities.

You will need your username and password to log in.

We are currently adding to the benefits which members will be able to enjoy as part of their membership – these include the IA Webinar Series which will open later this month.

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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.

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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.