Government owned or managed heritage property

Planning, property conservation or disposal and asset inventory information for government property owners and managers

State agencies are responsible for over a third of places in the State Register of Heritage Places with many more properties listed on local government heritage lists. Increasingly, government agencies are required to address heritage and conservation issues relating to their property assets.

Although some public works undertaken by State agencies may be exempt from development approval under the Planning and Development Act 2005, referral under section 73 of the Heritage Act 2018 (the Act) still applies and Heritage Council advice needs to be obtained prior to undertaking any proposal to a place, as defined by Section 71 and 72 of the Act. Part 9 of the Heritage Act 2018 applies to heritage places owned by the State government.

The Heritage Council is currently developing Guidelines for State Agencies to assist government owners. It will include information on how to identify and manage heritage assets (including archaeological sites) and strategically plan for their maintenance, repair, adaptation or disposal. There will be useful links to planning documents such as how to prepare a heritage inventory, conservation management plan, interpretation strategy or archaeological management plan. The publication will be made available on this page once it is completed later in 2019. If you are interested in contributing to the development of the guidelines, please contact

If you are considering changes to, or disposing of, a place that has or may have heritage significance, please refer to the Heritage Works page and the Government Heritage Property Disposal Process. 

For general advice on conserving or maintaining heritage places, refer to the Developing and maintaining heritage places page and the Government heritage property disposal process form.

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Page last reviewed 29 May 2020
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