Protecting Heritage Places

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

Step 4: Why is this place important? (continued)

Assessing the significance of a place

There are agreed processes for assessing the significance of natural and cultural heritage places. The general steps involve:

Heritage specialists have professional standards for assessing significance. These standards are contained within the conservation charters that need to be used as a required standard if you want someone to undertake an assessment of significance for you.

Remember that heritage significance is a judgement of a particular person or group, at a particular time, based on information available at that time. Different people have different perspectives on the importance of a place and views on heritage significance often change over time.