Protecting Local Heritage Places: a guide for communities


Australian Heritage Commission
ISBN 0 642 30538 2

In 2009, the Department provided resources to Heritage Victoria to revise this resource. The new updated version can be found on the Heritage Victoria website at

About the publication

This guide contains information to help individuals and groups working locally to identify, conserve and protect heritage places. It will be particularly helpful for community groups such as indigenous communities, local nature conservation groups, historical societies, and Coastcare and Landcare groups, as well as for local government officers.

Whatever the extent of your interest and involvement, this guide will provide ideas and options on how to identify, conserve and protect heritage places in Australia. Some of the ideas presented you will already know about, others may be new. Adapt the ideas listed to suit different circumstances - choose the approach that suits you best.

Many State and Territory governments have developed specific processes and requirements for local heritage identification, conservation and protection. You may need to tailor the process you develop to meet those localised processes and requirements. Refer to the Resources section of the guide for State and Territory heritage agency contact details.