The way in which a National Heritage place is managed can impact on the heritage values of that place. The Heritage Branch has expertise and tools available to assist place managers to ensure that those values are protected and preserved for future generations.
Working Together: Managing National Heritage Places is a user-friendly document which explains the management process for places in the National Heritage List. The guide can be downloaded in full from the publications page.
Caring for National Heritage Places
National Heritage places are owned and managed under a range of tenures and arrangements. For example some places are privately owned while others are managed by a statutory authority. This section takes a brief look at the different kinds of places on the List and those who care for them.
Applying the National Heritage Management Principles
Owners, managers and decision makers should understand the National Heritage values of their listed place and observe the National Heritage management principles when preparing and implementing management plans and programs.
Developing Management Plans
A management plan helps to guide daily management issues, and assist in decision-making and approvals processes. It is recommended that all National Heritage places develop a management plan. All relevant staff and those involved in the management of the place should be trained in the use and implementation of the management plan. A suggested management plan framework is provided in the link below.
Making a Referral
The person appointed with the responsibility for a proposed action needs to undertake a 'self assessment' to decide whether or not a proposed action is likely to have a 'significant' adverse impact on the National Heritage values of the place. If so, that action must be referred to the Minister for a decision.
It is recommended that this section be read in association with the material provided on the Referrals web page.
A heritage professional can assist in the preparation of a management plan and the assessment of potential impacts of proposed actions on heritage values. Informal advice can also be sought from the Heritage Branch of the Department of the Environment. Use the link below to find contact details and web links to find assistance.
The key publications provided in the attachment below are regarded as guidelines for best practice heritage management.
This section contains a list of useful references and web links that may be of assistance in managing a National Heritage place.