Protecting Heritage Places

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

Step 3: What do you need to know? (continued)

Heritage registers

Australia has many different types of heritage registers and lists. They are created by different levels of government and by community organisations.

Registers are not comprehensive lists of heritage places, but lists of the places that have been recorded up to the present time.

A heritage register listing usually includes the location of a place, sometimes ownership and title details, a description of the place, and often a statement explaining why the place is important. Note that many heritage registers emphasise only the physical aspects of a place, or its scientific value, and may not document all of its heritage values.

Many, but not all heritage registers give places legal protection. Even if a place is not on a register, it may be protected because it occurs within a protected area such as a national park or reserve of some sort.

In the Resources section there is a link to heritage registers around Australia via the joint Commonwealth-state heritage Website and more specifically through the Australian Heritage Places Inventory, a central database of Commonwealth and state heritage registers.