A World Heritage Nomination for Cape York Peninsula
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
About this document
Cape York Peninsula - one of the world's special places
A world heritage nomination with Traditional Owner consent and community support.
The Australian Government is committed to a world heritage nomination for appropriate areas of Cape York, subject to Traditional Owner consent.
Community consultation is taking place on preparing a nomination document for submission to the World Heritage Centre in 2013. A successful world heritage nomination requires a thorough assessment of the natural and cultural values of Cape York.
The Australian Government's commitment to Traditional Owner consent respects the rights of Indigenous people and the nomination will only proceed for those areas where Traditional Owners have given their consent.
The Australian Government will continue to work with the Queensland Government, the peninsula community, pastoralists and other landholders, Traditional Owner groups and their representatives to share information and provide opportunities for open and meaningful discussion on the rich cultural and natural heritage values of Cape York and how they can best be managed.
More information on the listing process for Cape York
Scientific panel report
In October 2012 the Australian Government convened an independent, expert scientific panel to prepare a report on the nature and extent of the natural heritage attributes of Cape York Peninsula that may be of potential outstanding universal value. The panel's report identifies the extent and significance of seven key natural attributes of Cape York Peninsula, as well as their integrity and condition.