Australian Heritage Strategy - commissioned essays

Ten essays on key issues facing the heritage sector were written by a range of heritage experts to support discussion of issues that could be addressed by the Australian Heritage Strategy.

The essays address the following five key questions:

What is heritage?

Peter Spearitt (Professor History, University of Queensland)

What is heritage? (PDF - 529.83 KB)

What is heritage? (DOCX - 53.61 KB)

Susan Tonkin (Previously at National Museum of Australia and other collecting institutions)

What is heritage? (PDF - 732.27 KB)

What is heritage? (DOCX - 59.82 KB)

Graeme L. Worboys  (Jagumba Consulting Pty Ltd)

Conserving Australia's Geoheritage (PDF - 236.57 KB)

Conserving Australia's Geoheritage (DOCX - 65.62 KB)

Whose heritage is it?

Peter James AM (Heritage Law Specialist, JNP Pawsey and Prowse) and Joann Schmider (Indigenous woman from the Mamu People, Millaa Millaa)

Whose heritage is it? (PDF - 785.72 KB)

Whose heritage is it? (DOCX - 198.75 KB)

Damein Bell (previously Executive Officer of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation) and
Joy Elley (Anthropologist/Cultural Heritage Manager)

Whose heritage? (PDF - 501.14 KB)

Whose heritage? (DOCX - 35.35 KB)

Who are the players and what roles do they play?

Don Garden (President, Federation of Australian Historical Societies)

Who are the players in heritage and what roles do they play? (PDF - 737.63 KB)

Who are the players in heritage and what roles do they play? (DOCX - 64.95 KB)

What are community expectations for heritage protection?

Chris Johnston (Strategic Planner, Director of Context Pty Ltd)

What are the community expectations for heritage protection? (PDF - 1.05 MB)

What are the community expectations for heritage protection? (DOCX - 348.18 KB)

Heath McDonald (Professor Marketing, Swinburne University)

What are the community expectations for heritage protection? (PDF - 1.11 MB)

What are the community expectations for heritage protection? (DOCX - 1.24 MB)

What are the social and economic benefits of heritage?

Kate Clark (Director, Historic Houses Trust NSW)

'Only Connect' - The social, economic and environmental benefits of cultural heritage (PDF - 867.98 KB)

'Only Connect' - The social, economic and environmental benefits of cultural heritage (DOCX - 123.47 KB)

'Only Connect' - References (PDF - 690.52 KB)

'Only Connect' - References (DOCX - 42.37 KB)

Bruce Leaver (former head of Heritage Division and current Chair of Sapphire Coast Tourism Board and National Parks and Wildlife Reserve Sapphire Coast Advisory Committee)

Delivering the social and economic benefits of heritage tourism (PDF - 1.72 MB)

Delivering the social and economic benefits of heritage tourism (DOCX - 5.35 MB)

These essays are published as finalised by the authors along with a brief biographical note. The views and opinions expressed in the essays and introduction are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for the Environment.