Department of the Environment and Water Resources, September 2007
About this fact sheet
Australia changed the way it protects its heritage places on 1 January 2004. The system that came into effect gives people the opportunity to nominate places with outstanding heritage value to the nation to the National Heritage List. They are also able to nominate places that are Commonwealth-owned or managed to a new Commonwealth Heritage List.
The heritage values of places on these two lists are protected under the Australian Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).