Local heritage toolkit

The vast majority of heritage places in Australia are recognised through local planning scheme heritage lists, conservation areas and heritage overlays.

This toolkit brings together 5 documents - a range of strategic, statutory tools and non-statutory actions to help deliver good decisions, engender community support and build capacity for local heritage management - across Australia and New Zealand.

This toolkit is aimed at:

  • planners
  • local government heritage advisors
  • heritage consultants.

1. Supporting Local Government Heritage Conservation report

This report and appendices examine:

  • What makes successful local heritage management
  • Top 5 issues impacting local heritage conservation
  • A range of actions for State and local governments.

Supporting Local Government Heritage Conservation - final report May 2008 (PDF, 632.2 KB, 62 pp.)
Supporting Local Government Heritage Conservation - appendices (PDF, 693.6 KB, 90 pp.)

2. Heritage Advisory Services Handbook

This manual draws together practical aspects of establishing a heritage advisory service, supporting heritage advisors and the community.

It is an updated version of Heritage Advisory Services Handbook by McDougall & Vines, 2000.

Heritage Advisory Services Handbook January 2009 (PDF, 559.5 KB, 33 pp.)
Heritage Advisory Services Handbook - attachments (PDF, 1.0 MB, 34 pp.)

3. Protecting Local Heritage Places

Protecting Local Heritage Places (PDF 628.7 KB)

4. Incentives for Heritage Protection Handbook

Incentives for Heritage Protection Handbook (PDF, 505.1 KB, 28 pp.)

5. Making Good Local Heritage Decisions

Making Good Local Heritage Decisions (PDF 249.2 KB)

HCOANZ Supporting Local Government Project

In April 2006 the Productivity Commission Report Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places made a number of recommendations about the role of local government on the conservation of Australia's historic heritage.

From these recommendations, the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand (HCOANZ) developed the Supporting Local Government Project which aims to establish better information on local government capacity and best practice in heritage protection, and recommend ways of achieving a national approach and using national models to achieve local heritage protection in Australia.

The project brief was endorsed by HCOANZ in Sydney in September 2007.

Heritage Victoria with financial support from other jurisdictions led the project, which commenced in October 2007.

Page last reviewed on 7 October 2014

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