Practising oral history

Oral History Australia (OHA) is committed to promoting best practice in oral history research to protect the interests of both interviewers and and interviewees and help ensure the longevity and usefulness of oral history interviews.

Best practice involves:

  • ethical conduct and informed consent in interviews and post-production
  • high quality recording
  • well planned and executed oral history projects
  • archiving oral history interviews for longevity and accessibility.

We have prepared a number of guides to assist with these goals.

Our State associations also regularly run training workshops and other events aimed at promoting best practice oral history.

Please note that our organisation does not provide professional accreditation and membership of our State associations is open to all.

Find out about oral history training
Access resources related to remote interviewing

OHA Guides

Oral history interviewer conducting interview
Alistair Thomson interviews Bob Pulford in November 2019 for an oral history project on Holden workers in Australia.

Guides by other organisations



Indigenous interviewing

Legacy recordings – Risk assessment

Reading list

Remote interviewing & the pandemic

Recording oral histories with veterans


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