Why enter the awards?
The awards are Western Australia’s premier heritage event which highlights best practice in adaptive reuse, conservation, interpretation, heritage tourism, and promotion. The Minister for Heritage will announce the winners at an event in November 2021.
The awards attract extensive media interest, ensuring that the industry, government and community recognise and celebrate finalists and winners that demonstrate innovation and best practice. As well as showcasing the very best of heritage practices, the awards also educate the wider community about the importance of conserving our cultural heritage.
They offer the opportunity to promote conservation projects internationally. Winners and commendations may be invited to have their project short-listed for a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The cooperation between the Heritage Council and UNESCO has now seen six projects recognised on the international stage, demonstrating the world-class standard of conservation work being undertaken in Western Australia. As well, projects are being featured in the Heritage Matters eNewsletter, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website and other promotional material.
Nominations are made by logging onto the Western Australian Heritage Awards online portal, completing the criteria for each category you wish to submit a nomination for, along with providing supporting images and any relevant documentation.
How to submit a nomination
- Nominations are completed and submitted online. Register or login to the WA Heritage Awards portal, to start a nomination.
- Read through the terms and conditions of the 2021 WA Heritage Awards to confirm the nomination meets the eligibility criteria.
- Review the categories and criteria to see which category is most suitable. You are eligible to enter more than one category, as long as the work submitted meets the criteria.
- Nominations close Friday 6 August 2021. You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline.
- Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details, as this will be used in the awards presentation if selected as a finalist.
- For more information, or if you encounter any difficulties during the nomination process, contact the Awards Coordinator by emailing HeritageAwards@dplh.wa.gov.au or telephoning 6552 4104.
General terms and conditions
- The Western Australian Heritage Awards are open to all individuals, property owners, architects, developers, builders, tourism operators, government and non-government agencies.
- Projects and work undertaken must be based in Western Australia.
- All nominations relating to a State Registered property require the consent of the owner of the property being nominated for the award.
- Previous finalists and nominees are encouraged to reapply.
- Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage staff and serving Members of Parliament are ineligible to enter.
- Where conservation work is the focus of the nomination, judging will be based on the principles of the Burra Charter.
- The judges reserve the right to give joint awards and/or not give an award in any of the categories. The judges may decide that a nomination is better suited to another category.
- To ensure fairness for all nominations, answers will be capped and there is a word limit for each of the criteria.
Uploading images to support your nomination
Due to the number of entries received and the scope of submissions from around Western Australia, it is not possible for the judges to undertake site visits. It is very important that your nomination is supported with good quality, high resolution images as images form a key part of your submission and are considered during the judging process.
Please ensure each image is saved with a meaningful name, and includes the name of the nomination or project, and if possible the name of the photographer to be credited.
Images will be used to promote your heritage project in the media, on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website, in publications and at the awards ceremony.
At least five photographs or images must be uploaded to support the nomination and each image must have a title, details of the photographer to be credited and the year the image was taken.
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will ensure, that where possible, images are appropriately captioned, and the photographer credited.
Each photograph or image should be 1MB or more. Only historical or pre-conservation images below 1MB will be accepted. A 10MB maximum for each image uploaded is recommended.