Vision Statement

The Oral History Hub has a vision of providing critically researched and easy online access of oral histories and digital stories across, the wide-ranging genres of history, cultural inclusion and diversity, the arts, education, well being and community interests.

Mission Statement

The Oral History Hub explores the connections between oral history, digital media, and the arts, and opens up access to and analysis of the audio-visual oral history record.  The Hub shares its findings with diverse audiences, both within and beyond academia. The Oral History Hub serves as a point of convergence for collaborative research, teaching and publishing among faculty and students at UniSA, as well as community-based projects operating at the local, national and where appropriate, the international levels. History based and indigenous researchers and artists are an integral part of our community of practice. Teaching, sharing and inclusion are at the core of our research ethic.

Ethics of Oral History

Whether oral history research is being undertaken through the community, as part of a university project, a family history, or special circumstances the concepts of ethical propriety, informed consent, the mitigation of harm and the right to withdraw is recognised as a moral responsibility and vital in the preparation of an interview.  All participants must have these ethical considerations explained to them and provided in an appropriate spoken, written, or electronic form before any interviews are commenced.


The Oral History Hub operates with the intent of the Australian Copyright laws.  The foundation of the Hub is for interviews, videos and other relevant material to be readily accessible to the community. Prior to publishing (in any form) audio files, video, transcripts from oral history interviews or narratives, written consent from the interviewee outlining the conditions of use of the material will be obtained.  Where possible this should include shared copyright (between the interviewee and the interviewer), if appropriate any third parties and the University of South Australia 

Social Inclusion

The Oral History Hub supports the UNESCO guideline of: an inclusive society defined as a society for all, in which every individual has an active role to play. Such a society is based on fundamental values of equity, equality, social justice, and human rights and freedoms, as well as on the principles of tolerance and embracing diversity.

Community Engagement

The Oral History Hub, through community engagement, seeks to facilitate, educate and work collaboratively with wide ranging groups and individuals with similar interests to preserve the rich and valued oral histories, stories and narratives in the Australian communities.  While not restrictive, these groups will include those interested in: education, life and well-being, oral history, community and regional history, and the history of individuals and families. 

Teaching and Training

Furthering the value of oral history is fundamental to our Mission. We will collaborate with specialised oral history groups, health professionals and educators to facilitate in offering a wide-range of training workshops, seminars, master classes and roundtables for researchers, students, interested parties and the general public.