About us

Excellence in the humanities


  • Who we are

    We are the national body for the humanities in Australia, championing the contribution that humanities, arts and culture make to national life. The Academy was established by Royal Charter in 1969, and is one of Australia’s four Learned Academies. We are an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a Fellowship of over 600 leaders and experts in culture, history, languages, linguistics, philosophy and ethics, archaeology and heritage.

  • What we do

    We provide independent and authoritative advice, including to government, to ensure ethical, historical and cultural perspectives inform discussions regarding Australia’s future challenges and opportunities. We also promote and recognise excellence in the humanities disciplines. The Academy plays a unique role in promoting international engagement and research collaboration, and investing in the next generation of humanities researchers.

  • How we work

    The Academy is governed by an 11-member Council and supported by a Secretariat based in Canberra. Our Fellowship are engaged in the work of the Academy and contribute to promoting excellence in the humanities across government, industry, schools, university, and public life.

  • Multidisciplinary collaboration

    We embrace new and emerging fields in the humanities, such as the digital humanities and the environmental humanities, and provide humanities expertise in multidisciplinary collaborations with the sciences and social sciences.

  • Acknowledgment of Country

    The Academy acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the land and recognises the significance of research that furthers understanding of their cultures, past and present.

  • Get in touch

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