Andrew Viduka

Assistant Director Underwater Cultural Heritage, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Government

Andrew John Viduka

Themes of special interest – underwater cultural heritage management, public archaeology, maritime archaeology and conservation

Professional biography

Andy Viduka is a maritime archaeologist and conservator employed by the Australian Government as the Assistant Director Underwater Cultural Heritage. In this role he administers the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976 (Cwth) and coordinates the National Historic Shipwrecks Program. Andrew co-led the drafting of Australia’s Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018 and leads Australia’s consideration of ratification of the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Andy is actively involved in maritime archaeological projects and capacity building training. Andy is a PhD candidate in archaeology at the University of New England, continuing his research in linking community outcomes with the discovery and protection of underwater cultural heritage. Besides being Australia’s ICOMOS – ICUCH Bureau member, Andy is a member of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA), a Research Associate of Flinders University Archaeology Department, a foundation member of the research group Wreck Check Inc. and of the Australian Citizen Science Association.