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Learning about Australian heritage
This web site has a lot of detailed information on Australian Heritage. The best place for an overview is About Australia's heritage.
About heritage listing in Australia
Heritage lists help people learn about and appreciate the heritage value of places. They also let planners, researchers and community groups to take these values into account in their decisions.
Local, state and Commonwealth government organisations each create and maintain heritage lists, as do community organisations. A place may be on several heritage lists. Each listing means something different in terms of the place's significance, regulation and management.
To find out about the different types of heritage listings:
- World heritage list: sites important to all the peoples of the world
- National heritage list: exceptional places which help give Australia its identity
- Commonwealth heritage list: places with heritage value owned by the Australian Government
- List of overseas places of heritage significance to Australia: helps tell the story of the most significant parts of Australia's history that happened overseas
- Movable cultural heritage: heritage artefacts that may move around (for example, on exhibition)
- Historic Shipwrecks
- Register of the National Estate: one listing of Australia's natural and cultural heritage places
- State, territory and local lists: different types of heritage list are held at each level of government
You can also search for places. Two searchable heritage databases include:
- Australian Heritage Places Inventory: summary information about places listed in State, Territory and Commonwealth Heritage Registers
- Australian Heritage Database: detailed information (including photographs) about more than 20 000 natural, historic and Indigenous places
If our web site doesn't help
If you don't find the information you need on our web site, try one of these related web sites:
Or talk to your school or local librarian.