Cape York Peninsula - one of the world's special places
A world heritage nomination with Traditional Owner consent and community support
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2012
About the nomination process
In December 2015 the Meeting of Environment Ministers discussed updating Australia’s World Heritage Tentative List and agreed to explore a potential nomination for Cape York, subject to community views and Traditional Owner consent.
The Queensland Government is taking the lead in this work in collaboration with the Department of the Environment and Energy whose role is to provide technical advice when required.
As a first step, the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection will be consulting with Traditional Owners and stakeholders. The work undertaken previously by the Queensland Government to gather information and consult on the World Heritage values of Cape York, including country based planning, will be taken into account. Community feedback from the Australian Government’s consultations and additional work in 2013 will also be considered.
For further information go to the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection website.
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.
The natural attributes for World Heritage nomination of Cape York Peninsula, Australia (PDF - 4.79 MB)
The natural attributes for World Heritage nomination of Cape York Peninsula, Australia (DOCX - 21.09 MB)