To promote and support excellence in tramway heritage in Australia and New Zealand.
The Council of Tramway Museums of Australasia was established in Ballarat in 1975 as the peak or umbrella body to provide a forum for the discussion of matters of mutual interest to urban transport museums, including acting as a clearing house for information, maintaining and improving the standards of conservation and presentation of exhibits, together with sharing technologies and access to parts and equipment required to maintain operating trams, trolley buses and associated infrastructure.
It is a non-profit organisation assisting museums to achieve their objectives. It is incorporated in Australia in the State of Victoria as Victorian Incorporated Association No. A0030417B
Membership of the Council is open to all incorporated museums having urban transport exhibits within Australia and New Zealand, and which are open to the public. Associate Membership is available too.
The Council operates through an elected Executive comprising the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Executive Officer, Assistant Executive Officer, Treasurer, an Australian Museum Liaison Officer and New Zealand Museum Liaison Officer.
Each Museum appoints a delegate to represent it, including at the general meetings of the Council held in association with the biennial Australasian Tramway Museum Conferences, which are hosted by individual the member museums.
The Council has for over three decades assisted and improved the preservation of Australasian urban transport heritage through it's work assisting member museums in achieving their individual goals.