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HCV Constitutional Purposes

The History Council of Victoria is established for the public charitable purpose of promoting the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of written literature, Aboriginal arts, oral history, film and other art forms that have historical content or significance by:


  • promoting the writing and protection of historical literature;
  • promoting the profile of literature and media with historical content at all levels of government and throughout the community;
  • undertaking activities that encourage access to historical literature, artefacts, film and other art forms;
  • facilitating co-ordination between the various organisations involved in writing historical literature and the teaching of history in schools;
  • promoting art forms based on, or inspired by, Victoria’s history;
  • promoting awareness of and encouraging research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' history and culture;
  • increasing support to history teachers and students, particularly in rural areas;
  • increasing support, research and resources for history from a wide range of government, community and business sources through direct representation, cultural activities, awards, promotions and exhibitions;
  • exploring and advising on ways of improving the knowledge base of teachers of history through use of historical literature and other media; and
  • promoting, the study and display of movable cultural heritage.