The Australian Archaeological Association has a number of sub-committees who advise the president and the NEC on their specialised fields


Chair: Annie Ross & Sean Ulm

The Editorial Committee is responsible for production and distribution of the Association’s flagship journal, Australian Archaeology. A new subcommittee will be selected in early 2020

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

The Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) commits to the promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander priorities in our research, as well as to increasing participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, students, and community participants in research and the broader workforce.

The objective of our Reflect RAP is to explore where the association will best support the Five Dimensions of Reconciliation (race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, historical acceptance, and unity) and set some initial targets for the Association to achieve. Thereby, setting the foundation for AAA’s reconciliation journey.

Chair – Michael Slack

Sub-Committee members  – Annunziata Strano, Nathan Woolford, Jade Pervan, Peter Thompson, Rosalie Neve , Kate Greenwood, Melissa Sorial, Stacey Kennedy, Sharon Hodgetts, & Brian Marshall


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.


Chair: Fiona Hook

The Annual Conference Subcommittee is responsible for organising the Association’s annual national conference.


Prizes and Awards

Chair: Peter Veth

The role of the Prizes and Awards sub-committee is to administer all prizes and awards offered by the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Subcommittee members include Fiona Hook, Ian McNiven and Michelle Langley

The adjudication of all AAA Public Fund Grants is the sole responsibility of the AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee. This sub-committee comprises nationally-recognised experts in the field of Australian moveable archaeological heritage and the archaeological arts of Indigenous Australians. The sub-committee is appointed annually by the AAA President and consists of no less than four members from no less than three states and/or territories. The AAA Prizes and Awards sub-committee awards Grants on merit and the degree to which they promote the objectives of the Association.


Chair: Georgia Roberts & Melissa Marshall


ANCATL aims to encourage excellence in archaeological teaching and learning in Australia.

The role of the subcommittee is:

  • To provide a forum for discussion of archaeology teaching and learning and related issues.
  • To provide a conduit for involvement and input from different archaeological associations and interest groups in identifying key issues and identifying strategies and resources to address these.

The priorities are:

  • To establish better coordination of opportunities for students and early career graduates to gain archaeological vocational experience (see The Register of Archaeology Work Experience Partners)
  • To develop benchmarks for teaching and learning for Australian archaeology degrees (see By Degrees: Benchmarking Archaeology Degrees in Australian Universities[PDF download).
  • To support greater interaction and exchange in teaching and learning between universities on the one hand and regulatory authorities and industry on the other (see published proceedings of archaeology teaching and learning conference sessions held in 2004 [link] and 2010 [link])
  • To gather reliable data for benchmarking of a variety of archaeology activities (see the results of the Profiling the Professions surveys undertaken in 2005 [link] and 2010 [PDF download])
  • To develop mechanisms to tell the archaeological story to the publics that own and relate to that archaeology.

Current projects include:

The Register of Archaeology Work Experience Partners

Reviewing and refreshing the register and evaluating (through online survey) its usefulness to both employers and students [Link].

Australian Postgraduate Archaeology Network (APAN)

This new initiative will establish a website to provide information on the increasing number and type of postgraduate archaeology programmes available in Australia, to host resources to support students and supervisors and to encourage collaboration. To help us develop APAN please complete the brief online survey [] to collect your views

Teaching, Learning and Australian Archaeology

Publishing the proceedings of the ‘Education and Archaeology’ conference session from the 2010 Australian Archaeological Association Annual Conference held at Batemans Bay. The proceedings will be published as a special volume of the Research in Archaeological Education Journal edited by Lynley Wallis, Sean Ulm and Wendy Beck.

Documents and resources

Beck, W., J. Balme, J. Campbell, C. Clarke, S. Colley, I. Davidson, A. Fairbairn, S. Nichols and S. Ulm 2007 By Degrees: Benchmarking Archaeology Degrees in Australian Universities. Armidale: Teaching and Learning Centre, University of New England. PDF

Beck, W. and J. Balme 2005 Benchmarking for archaeology honours degrees in Australian universities. Australian Archaeology 61:32-40. Link

Ulm, S., G. Mate, C. Dalley and S. Nichols 2013 working profile: The changing face of professional archaeology in Australia. Research in Archaeological Education Journal. PDF

Ulm, S., S. Nichols and C. Dalley 2005 Mapping the shape of contemporary Australian archaeology: Implications for teaching and learning. Australian Archaeology 61:11-23.  PDF

G. Mate & S Ulm 2016 Another snapshot for the album: a decade of Australian Archaeology in Profile survey data. Australian Archaeology 82:2. 168-183 PDF

Subcommittee Members:

Jane Balme, University of Western Australia

Catherine Frieman, Australian National University

Martin Gibbs, University of New England

Louise Hitchcock, University of Melbourne

Geraldine Mate, Queensland Museum; Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology

Tim Murray, La Trobe University

Margaret O’Hea, University of Adelaide

Jordan Ralph, Australian Archaeological Association Inc. Student Representative

Amy Roberts, Flinders University

Melissa Sorial

Paul Taçon, Griffith University

Sean Ulm, James Cook University; Australian Archaeological Association Inc.; World Archaeological Congress

Josara de Lange, AACAI representative

Kier Strickland, La Trobe University

Matthew Meredith-Williams, La Trobe University

Please contact any of the members listed above with specific issues for action.

ANCATL was initiated in 2003 as a result of the joint AAA, ASHA and AIMA ‘Land and Sea Conference’. The volume ‘Teaching, Learning and Australian Archaeology’ edited by S.Colley, S. Ulm and F.D. Pate, Australian Archaeology 61 provides an excellent overview of current issues (Link).

The subcommittee thanks the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. for its financial and in-kind support.

Archaeologists for the Barka Darling

Chair: Doug Williams

Student Research Grant Scheme

Chair: Jane Balme

The role of the Student Research Grant Subcommittee is to establish and coordinate a grants scheme offered by the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. to support student research. The 2019 subcommittee members include Peter White, Daryl Wesley, & Tiina Manne.

National Archaeology Week

The National Archaeology Week sub-committee coordinates events for National Archaeology Week, beginning on the third Sunday in May every year.  The aims are to increase public awareness of Australian archaeology and the work of Australian archaeologists both at home and abroad, and to promote the importance of protecting Australia’s unique archaeological heritage. Check the National Archaeology Week website or the Facebook page for more information.

Chair: Fenella Atkinson