Department of the Environment and Water Resources, September 2007
About this fact sheet
Criteria, thresholds, and statutory listing are the administrative and process devices we have developed to identify and protect 'places we wish to keep'. They are the primary means by which we articulate the heritage values of such places and, critically, focus our management of these places.
Just as the selection criteria for jobs help employers to look at the qualities people have to qualify for a particular position, heritage criteria help heritage experts to look at the qualities places have to qualify as heritage. Under the heritage system, the National Heritage List and the Commonwealth Heritage List have similar criteria. The key difference is the level or 'threshold' by which they meet one or more criteria. Heritage experts are able to 'test' a place for heritage value against these criteria.