Website update in progress
Due to recent amendments made to the Heritage Act 2004, some information contained on this website may no longer be current.
ACT Heritage is in the process of updating the website including fact sheets, approved forms, policies and general information. This process will be completed in the coming weeks.
To assist you with understanding the amendments, a number of fact sheets can be found here under the Legislation heading.
The ACT is rich in natural and cultural heritage. Although the city is relatively young, we have many heritage places or objects on the ACT Heritage Register, including Aboriginal, rural, historic and iconic Canberra places and objects. See more about ACT heritage.
The ACT Heritage Council and ACT Heritage work together to recognise, protect, conserve and celebrate these unique heritage places and objects.
The ACT Heritage Act 2004 (the Act) guides much of our work. Under the Act, the Heritage Council administers certain provisions, while the Minister for Planning administers others. ACT Heritage supports both, providing administrative and secretariat functions to the Council and advice to the Minister.
ACT Heritage coordinates the annual ACT and Region Heritage Festival and administers heritage grants to help organisations protect, conserve and make heritage places and objects available to the community. It also manages Canberra Tracks heritage tours.
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There are currently no provisional registrations for public comment.
There are currently no guidelines for public comment.
Overview of heritage in the ACT
Find out more about the ACT's exciting and varied heritage.
Cultural Heritage Reporting Policy
On 9 April 2015 the ACT Heritage Council endorsed the Cultural Heritage Reporting policy (PDF 1MB). The Policy will come into effect on 1 July 2015.
The Policy reflects amendments which were made to the Heritage Act 2004 in September 2014. In particular, the Policy helps clarify the important changes which streamline processes for early investigative works at proposed development sites through the introduction of Excavation Permits and Statements of Heritage Effect.
The Policy aims to provide a clear outline of the ACT Cultural Heritage Assessment and reporting process and the requirements for information submission at each stage. The Policy is generally concerned with matters of process, content, style, format and submission.