Protecting Heritage Places

10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000

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Do you work for government?

Whether you work in local, state or federal government, this Website has information that can help you to better understand natural and cultural heritage issues and processes for heritage protection.

Many types of decisions at all levels of government can affect heritage protection. It is good practice for all levels of government managing land to undertake heritage studies including the elements described in these steps. In particular it is important to prepare inventories of heritage places, ensure that heritage places are considered in planning regulations and that people have adequate access to professional heritage advice.

State and Federal natural and cultural heritage legislation set out specific responsibilities in these areas and specific processes for protecting places.

The Commonwealth Government's new Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 places new responsibilities on people who are planning actions which might have a significant impact on a matter of national environmental significance. The definition of environment under this Act includes the social and cultural aspects of places. For more information on this Act refer to the Commonwealth Government links in the Resources section.

Local Governments play a valuable role in heritage protection.