Tracking your experience to equip you for the future

The Australian National Committee for Archaeology Teaching and Learning (ANCATL) is proud to launch the first iteration of the Australian Archaeology Skills Passport. In the same way that a passport shows where you have been on your travels, so too does a skills passport; it provides a record of your journey through your archaeological training. It also offers advice on the next steps in your professional journey.

Based on the highly successful UK model developed by David Connolly, our approach has been broad-scale, integrative and discipline wide. Informed by the continuing skills gaps identified in ANCATL’s Profiling the Profession surveys, the passport provides greater transparency to trainers, students and employers on what practical skills are needed within the discipline and when and how these are to be provisioned.

‘It was with the greatest pleasure I responded to the initial discussions about using the BAJR Skills Passport as a template for this new Australian version.  It exceeds what I had hoped to achieve with my version due to the remarkable collaborations and talents of institutions and individuals who brought it together into the document you see today.  I am rightly proud to acknowledge this Australian skills passport as a landmark document and hope all that use it in the future will reap the huge benefits it provides.’
-David Connolly BAJR

The passport will be available in both hard copy and open access digital form. Digital skills sheets will be housed online with the Australian Archaeology Association, providing guidance on how a candidate is to be assessed for each skill within the three tiers of experience: that a skill can be completed under full supervision, moderate supervision, or no supervision.

The Skills Passport will be officially launched at the 2019 Australian Archaeology Conference in Surfers Paradise, and will be available for download on this page from that date.

Download Passport and Skills Sheets Here

Intended Outcomes:

While the UK version is primarily designed for use by archaeology students, the Australian version is designed for a broader audience, including students, graduates, Traditional Owners, professionals and interested members of the public. Through providing a means for the independent assessment and recording of critical skills capabilities, students, Traditional Owners and practitioners can track their skills development in a personal and professional context. The passport itself will be available in a soft open-access format online through the AAA webpage  and we aim to complement the passport with manuals and short videos over time.

For Students and Practitioners:

  • Provides students with a clear guide as to what is expected of them as a professional archaeologist.
  • Directly linked to the national benchmarks for archaeology honours degrees.
  • Emphasises critical skills shortages within the sector that professionals can target for professional development.

For Aboriginal Site Officers and Rangers

  • Recognition of the importance and value of practical experience and knowledge.
  • Encourages the equal weighting of experience gained during life and study.
  • Supports alternate entry methods into the discipline.
  • Can be used to support applications for further employment in the sector.

For The Public

  • Can be used in primary and secondary school contexts.
  • The open access format can contribute to curriculum focussing on Australian archaeology, the First Australians and contemporary Australian culture.
  • The passport can contribute to promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the longevity and complexity of Australian culture.

Skills passport order form

Jirndim by Leah Umbagai

We would welcome suggestions and feedback about the passport and correspondence can be sent directly to

The Australian Archaeology Skills Passport is proudly supported by these organisations.

Editorial Subcommittee

Co Chair: Sandra Bowdler, Kate Morse and Vicky Winton

The Editorial Committee is responsible for production and distribution of the Association’s flagship journal, Australian Archaeology. Subcommittee members include Sandra Bowdler, Kate Morse, Vicky Winton, Jane Balme and Joe Dortch.

Annual Conference Subcommittee

Chair: Fiona Hook

The Annual Conference Subcommittee is responsible for organising the Association’s annual national conference. Contact information for the current conference organisers can be found on our Conference Contacts page.

National Archaeology Week Subcommittee

Chair: Fenella Atkinson

The Archaeology Week Subcommittee is responsible for organising the Association’s major sponsorship of National Archaeology Week third week of May.

Code of Ethics Review Subcommittee

Chair: Lara Lamb

The role of this subcommittee is to undertake ongoing review of the AAA Code of Ethics, and to advise the President and NEC on ethical issues.