Australasia Preserves is a digital preservation community of practice for the Australasian region, with members from a wide range of domains across Australia and New Zealand. Community activities cover varied interests and areas of working with digitised and born-digital materials, encouraging participation and input from a wide variety of people and organisations, including libraries, archives, records, IT, government, and universities.

The community of practice was formed in February 2018 following the success of the inaugural meeting at the University of Melbourne, Australia. This meeting was organised by the University of Melbourne Scholarly Services Digital Stewardship (Research) team, in conjunction with the Digital Preservation Project that was underway in 2018. The university now has a dedicated digital preservation program. Details of the first Australasia Preserves can be found here.

This community of practitioners, managers, educators, students, and enthusiasts enables sharing of digital preservation knowledge and expertise, and fosters opportunities to develop personally and professionally through an active online forum, monthly virtual meet-ups, locally organised events and networking opportunities, and working groups.

The community welcomes anyone interested in learning and sharing good practice for ongoing care of and access for digital materials to get involved, to connect, and to collaborate, in order to enhance digital preservation capability for a wide range of people and organisations in the Australasian region.

2018 highlights for the community
The Australasia Preserves 2019 Briefing Pack


  • Jaye Weatherburn, University of Melbourne
  • Rachel Tropea, RMIT University
  • Matthew Burgess, State Library of New South Wales
  • Lee-Anne Raymond, Museums Victoria
  • Andrea Goethals, National Library of New Zealand


Previous Co-organisers

  • Ali Hayes-Brady, Monash University
  • Dave Allen, State Library of Queensland