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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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Mai linh

Mai linh

Home State



Australian National University, ACT
Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada


BA Bachelor of Art (History and Curatorship)
MA Masters of Sustainable Heritage (Development and Management)


Not quite born, but certainly raised in Canberra, I left the Cacoon one fine spring morning and flew to Canada to finish my Arts Degree at Queens University. I majored in Art History and Curatorship and minored in Philosophy and Creative Writing. The follies of youth got me starting a Law Degree, but in my final year, a greater calling took me to Thailand, Vietnam and Laos to live, study and work in cultural heritage conservation, particularly in the context of aid and development. There I encountered many challenging issues such as: indigenous heritage and sustainable land management; women, culture and economic mobility; the politics of national memory; illicit trafficking of cultural objects; intangible heritage and the everyday, and many other issues that make conserving our shared patrimony such a fascinating and exciting job!

I worked as a Curator at the Lao National Museum in Vientiane as part of the AusAID Youth Ambassadorship Program while finishing my Masters in Sustainable Heritage Development and Management through the Australian National University. I also worked at a number of Canberra-based art galleries, in the university sector at the Centre for Educational Development and Academic Methods and undertook various volunteer grass-roots community arts and social justice Programs.

First Placement

Maritime and Movable Cultural Heritage

Second Placement


Third Placement

Heritage Policy

Permanent Position - Policy Officer

I remained with the Heritage Policy Section for my permanent position.

'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'