National heritage

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Woolmers Estate (part of the World Heritage Listed Australian Convict Sites)

The Australian Government will work to instill a new sense of pride in Australia's heritage. We will work with local communities to share the stories about the things that have helped shape our nation and to ensure that our heritage places are protected for future generations.

Community Heritage & Icons Programme

A new Community Heritage and Icons Programme will:

  • protect Australia’s National Historic Sites
  • help local historical and heritage groups preserve our local heritage
  • grants for the conservation, development and exhibition of our local cultural heritage

Our Borders and Beyond

Australia’s environment extends from the northernmost tip of Cape York to the southern land masses of Heard and McDonald Islands and Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean and the 5.9 million square kilometres that make up our Australian Antarctic Territory.

Additional Programmes

  • Matthew Flinders' map
  • Community Heritage Grants Programme
  • A Green Army for heritage


Today the Australian Government placed the Nullarbor Plain’s Koonalda Cave on the National Heritage List in recognition of its rare Aboriginal archaeology and heritage.
The 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan provides a blueprint for Australia’s future engagement in the region and options to expand Tasmania’s role as a leading Antarctic science and logistics hub.
A draft of the Australian Heritage Strategy is now available for public comment. You are invited to provide feedback on the themes, priorities and actions documented in the draft Strategy.

A Plan for a Cleaner Environment

Find out more about the Australian Government’s plan for a cleaner environment.