Advocacy

As the peak national organisation of historians, the Australian Historical Association is committed to advocating on behalf of its members on issues relating to the professional practice of history.

The AHA takes leadership on matters relating to:

  • The ethical practice of history in Australia.
  • Nationally significant institutions and resources relating to the practice of history.
  • Collaboration with other professional Associations
  • Research and funding bodies
  • Significant national events or debates

To raise a matter with the AHA Executive Committee please email the Executive Officer.

Previous Advocacy Work includes:

Response to Political Interference in the Peer Review Process of Awarding Australian Research Council Grants

Letter to the Director-General of the National Archives of Australia regarding Archival Access Costs

Inquiry into Canberra’s National Institutions

Open letter to the Prime Minister: Support the Uluru Statement from the Heart

National Archives of Australia Tune Review Submission

Australian Research Council ANZSRC Review Submission

AAH Future Humanities Workforce Consultation Submission

Senate Inquiry into Nationhood, National Identity and Democracy Submission

You Matter: The Australian Historical Association’s Casualisation Survey

Statement of Support for University of Western Australia Publishing

2020

Inquiry into the NSW State Records Act and the Policy Paper on its Review Submission

The Australian Historical Association Journal Matrix: 2020-21

Australian Historical Association Response to Announcement of Increased Cost of Humanities Subjects

Letter from HASS Associations Opposing Changes to HASS Degree Fees

Statement from the AHA on the impact of COVID-19 on History Postgraduates

Letters from the Australian Historical Association to members of the crossbench urging a vote against proposed funding cuts to the humanities: Senator Stirling Griff, Senator Rex Patrick, Senator Jacqui Lambie, Rebekha Sharkie MP

Letter from the Australian Historical Association to Senator Jacqui Lambie, defending the value of historical expertise with reference to Teddy Sheean VC.

Submission to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, urging withdrawal of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020.

Submission to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee, inquiring into the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020.

Submission to the Australian Research Council (ARC) comprehensive review of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI)