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.

Overview of heritage in the ACT

Find out more about the ACT's exciting and varied heritage.

Provisional Registrations

There are currently no provisional registrations for public comment.

Heritage guidelines

There are currently no guidelines for public comment.

ACT Heritage Council expressions of interest for membership

Expressions of interest are invited from persons in the ACT Region who may be interested in being considered for appointment to the ACT Heritage Council (the Council).

The Council is an independent body established under the Heritage Act 2004. The Council’s role includes, among other functions, identification and assessment of nominations to the ACT Heritage Register and providing advice on appropriate conservation of cultural, natural and Aboriginal heritage places and objects in the ACT.

The Council meets at least six times a year to consider a range of matters related to its functions. In addition, Council members serve on various taskforces comprising small numbers of Council members. The taskforces relate to the Council’s functions and meet or communicate regularly to consider matters in detail outside of Council meetings.

Expressions of interest for six vacancies on the Council are invited from people with experience in:

  • Aboriginal culture
  • Aboriginal history
  • archaeology
  • architecture
  • engineering
  • history
  • landscape architecture
  • nature conservation
  • object conservation
  • town planning
  • urban design

Expressions of interest are also sought for positions representing:

  • the community
  • the Aboriginal community and
  • the property ownership, management and development sector.

These positions will commence on 2 March 2021.

Download an application form or contact ACT Heritage on 13 22 81 or at heritage@act.gov.au.

Completed application forms must be accompanied by a brief letter outlining suitability for appointment and a current CV. Applications are accepted by email to heritage@act.gov.au.

Applications received throughout this process will be kept on a register for three years and the Minister for the Environment and Heritage may use this register to appoint new members should vacancies occur within the three-year period.

Applications close on 14 August 2020.