Government Community of Practice

Background

This forum was created in order for AM professionals in government bodies to convene, share, and grow their asset management skills and knowledge. It acts as a single meeting place for government professionals in asset management, bringing together and establishing connections that may have otherwise not been available.

Goals of the CoP

  • Bring together a group of like-minded professionals in government asset management
  • Share knowledge, experiences, and case studies in order to learn
  • Create strategies for implementing and improving current challenges in asset management in government departments
  • Help government bodies develop and enhance their asset management practice starting from the planning phase through to the retirement phase

Key meeting places of the CoP

The Sydney, Peth, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Hobart chapters will each hold government CoP events annually. To enquire about these events, please email the respective chapter chair.
For those who subscribe, a monthly newsletter will be emailed, containing all government-sector news in the asset management sphere.
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Arts SectorAustralia’s much-loved arts sector has not been immune to the coronavirus pandemic. Our galleries, museums and libraries across Australia closed doors to the public months ago, leaving a void for many individuals.

In NSW, the Art Gallery of NSW has been closed for only the second time in 100 years, both for global health reasons. In 1919, the gallery shut its door to protect people from the Spanish Flu, demonstrating an eery similarity to COVID-19, despite the century of time passed1. The challenges faced by curators and directors during this pandemic have been huge. How are art assets protected by a virus when its potency on inanimate objects remains largely unknown? Coupled with already severe handling and cleaning restrictions, how have gallery and museum staff handled the precious assets, many of which hold historical significance?

As restrictions eased, art galleries, libraries and museums in NSW prepared to re-open on June 1st, news that was welcomed across the sector and by the public. However, these cherished places look a little different post-COVID2. There will be no major exhibitions held in art galleries for the foreseeable future, strict social distancing rules may impact on the numbers of those inside perhaps leading to queues outdoors, and returned books will face quarantine periods of 24 hours before being placed back on the shelves.

Let us know if your post #shutdown plans include returning to a gallery to gaze at a Dali or McCubbin, or going to your local library to delve back into fiction by emailing info@amcouncil.com.au. We’d love to hear from you.

Consider becoming a member of the Asset Management Council. You’ll receive great benefits and excellent networking opportunities and free access to our database of technical papers and, of course, our informative webinars. Learn more about membership rates here.

 


1 Sourced: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/visual-arts/coronavirus-reopened-art-gallery-of-nsw-an-art-starter-for-culture-buffs/news-story/b5197ecd5682c8155deac03bdf2fd07b

2 Sourced: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/

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