Heritage

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.

ACT Heritage supports heritage property owners and the community with advice, assistance and information. See the heritage fact sheets.


The ACT Government is seeking your input to the development of a new Five Year ACT Heritage Strategy 2016-2021. The Strategy is intended to set a clear direction and framework for the recognition, protection, conservation and promotion of our heritage places and objects for a five year period from the date of its commencement.

The Government wants to collaborate with the community to:

  • emphasise what’s important about our heritage places and objects
  • reshape the way the community and visitors think about and engage with our heritage
  • refocus resources to ensure that the highest priority areas receive the greatest attention

The Strategy will be founded on the aspirations and interests of the community, so it will be a true reflection of your heritage.

Your feedback is important

Three informal information sessions about the Strategy will be held on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 February 2016. The access the discussion paper and details about the information sessions and how to submit your comments go to: http://haveyoursay.planning.act.gov.au 

Public comments are welcome until 9am Tuesday 29 March 2016.

Heritage guidelines

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.

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