Refresh of Significance 2.0

We’re seeking your feedback to inform an update of the publication Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collections.

Why we want your input

Your input will help ensure that the revised guide meets the needs of professional and non-professional collectors and cultural heritage managers across Australia.

How you can voice your opinion

You can have your say by providing a written submission by 18 August 2024. Submissions can be uploaded below or emailed to

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your feedback will help guide the drafting of a revised guide and ensure that it helps collecting organisations, professionals and the broader public to determine the significance of cultural and heritage objects.

The Issue

The Australian Government is proposing to refresh Significance 2.0 a guide to assessing the significance of collections to ensure that Australia continues to have a guide to assessing significance that meets the needs of contemporary collectors. It is envisioned that the revised guide will align with current and emerging best-practice standards in collections and cultural heritage management and the principles of our National Cultural Policy, Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place. Updating Significance 2.0  is an action under Revive.

Significance 2.0 was produced in 2009 by the Collections Council of Australia and continues to be widely used in Australia. It guides policies and processes in the Gallery, Library, Archive and Museum sectors, and allied fields. It is a teaching tool in university courses related to collections and cultural heritage management, and forms the basis of some grant programs and decisions on the management of our national cultural heritage. Significance 2.0 also has applications beyond Australia. It was the basis for the United Kingdom’s 2018 Reviewing Significance 3.0 guide and there are Indonesian, Spanish, Portuguese and Swedish versions in use.

We invite stakeholders, particularly current users of Significance 2.0, to have their say on what aspects of Significance 2.0 should be changed or maintained in the revised edition. This may include feedback on:

  • the significance assessment framework
  • appropriate ways to document significance in contemporary collecting contexts
  • the types of collection items featured in case studies
  • the balance of creators, themes, subject matter, and media representation across the guide
  • any significance-related issues requiring particular guidance
  • terminology
  • suggestions for useful tools or templates, and
  • the design and format of the guide.

We would also welcome suggestions for specific case studies that you think users of a revised guide could benefit from.

Relevant documentation


28 May 2024 12:00 AEST
18 Aug 2024 17:00 AEST
days remaining 65 of 82

We invite you to tell us your views on this topic.

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