We are the national voice for cultural, creative and ethical thinking. We promote the study and application of the humanities because recording, explaining and predicting the human story brings distinctive and diverse ideas to decision-making and contributes to a better future for all.
The Academy is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with a Fellowship of over 660 humanities leaders. Our Academy is one of Australia’s five Learned Academies – independent organisations established to encourage excellence in their respective fields and to provide expertise and advice at public, institutional and government levels.
Our vision is for a tolerant, inclusive and clever Australia, enriched and enabled by a deep appreciation of the histories, ideas, and cultures of our people, and of people around the world.
In a world radically altered by the impacts of COVID-19, the need to strive for a humanised future is more relevant and important than ever.
Our purpose remains clear and determined: to ensure the humanities in Australia thrive and excel, because we believe a better future for all humanity depends on ethical, historical, creative and cultural knowledge and expertise.
Strategic Plan 2020-2025
The Strategic Plan challenges us to consider what constitutes humanities expertise in 21st century Australia, to ensure that the Academy recognises, encourages and celebrates the full range of humanities excellence today, both within and beyond the university sector.
The Academy publishes an annual report of its activities each financial year. In doing so, we meet the reporting requirements of our Royal Charter and By-laws, and the conditions of grants made by the Australian Government under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Cth).