Australia's environment in context (Cultural heritage)

Independent Report to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Australian State of the Environment Committee, Authors
CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2001
ISBN 0 643 06745 0

Australia's environment in context (continued)

Cultural heritage

Cultural heritage management lags well behind natural heritage management in terms of coordinated action. The RFA process produced a good model for the integration of natural and cultural heritage assessment and for joint management agreements for heritage conservation between the Commonwealth and the states. The Australian Heritage Commission has also carried out significant pilot projects on integrated assessment. Joint management of World Heritage Areas by the Commonwealth and the states occurs. In general, the governmental and administrative fragmentation of elements of Australian heritage remains a significant problem for its effective conservation.