Deng Adut  Photo: Lousie Whelan   (one of a collection held at State Library NSW)

Deng Adut Photo: Lousie Whelan (one of a collection held at State Library NSW)

Guides and forms


A guide to ethical practice
A guide to commissioning an oral history project
A guide to determining fees


Oral historians need to understand their own rights; and to ensure that interviewees are briefed to give informed consent when they sign a conditions of use or release agreement.

Read more about conditions of use forms, together with an example.

The rules governing copyright are constantly changing. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, regularly check with the Australian Copyright Council and relevant agencies such as the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Read more about understanding copyright.

A good range of reference titles including Historians & Copyright is available from the Australian Copyright Council online bookstore.

templates for documentation

Compiling appropriate documentation for each oral history interview is essential. 

An interview summary checklist will help you record the information required for placement of your interviews in any library or other public archive.  As photographs and images are frequently integral to oral history interviews, this checklist offers prompts for the documentation of technical data relating to both sound and image files. By presenting this comprehensive documentation you will be assisting in preserving your sound recording in long term storage/archives and helping future researchers to access the interview for a variety of purposes. 

Annotated interview summary checklist
Interview summary checklist template

An interviewee information sheet is given to the interviewee for completion before the interview. Adjust the questions in the template below so they meet your requirements.

Interviewee information sheet template


For further information: see the Oral History Handbook by Beth Robertson, published by the Oral History Association of Australia SA. This offers a wealth of practical advice and is recommended as a basic handbook for all oral historians.