Heritage Act Review 2015

Victoria has a proud legacy of heritage protection. It was the first Australian state or territory to enact heritage legislation in 1974 and has remained a national leader in the identification, conservation and management of heritage.

The Heritage Act 1995, ­ administered by Heritage Victoria in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, is Victoria's principal legislation for the identification and management of non-Indigenous heritage places and objects of State significance, historical archaeological sites and maritime heritage. 

'Keeping it Liveable, Labor's Plan for Your Community' commits to reviewing the Heritage Act to improve protection of our built heritage.

A Discussion Paper (PDF 2.9 MB) or (DOC 1.6 MB) was released on 22 June 2015.

Public consultation was undertaken between June and August 2015, with submissions invited in response to the discussion paper.

Heritage Victoria received more than 120 submissions and responses to an online survey on the review of the Heritage Act.  Copies of submissions, where agreed by the submitter to allow for publication, are available online .

The Summary Report (PDF 3.6 MB) provides an overview of all submissions.

All submissions received were reviewed and these guided the development of the Heritage Bill 2016.

The Heritage Bill 2016 was introduced to the Legislative Assembly of the Victorian Parliament on 8 November 2016. It was debated and passed in the Legislative Assembly on 24 November 2016.

Heritage Victoria will provide updates on this website as further information becomes available.

 For any further information, please contact Heritage Victoria on Heritage.ActReview@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last reviewed on 28 November 2016

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