About Heritage works

How the Heritage Council’s Heritage Works program benefits our heritage places.


The Heritage Council’s Heritage Works program aims to secure the best possible financial returns through the sale or lease of heritage places, as well as the best possible long-term adaptive reuse outcomes. This is achieved in collaboration with State Government agencies and local governments. The program has a dual heritage conservation and commercial focus.

Adapting heritage buildings requires specialised skills and a singular business focus to deal with the sometimes complex issues associated with their development.

The capital for Heritage Works projects is drawn from the Heritage Revolving Fund, a long-term secure fund to manage the proceeds of heritage asset sales and/or leases. With the first projects assisted by Heritage Works now complete, the fund has become self-sufficient.

The Heritage Works program aims to:

  • develop viable options for adapting disused heritage properties
  • maximise financial returns for properties being disposed of by State Government agencies and local governments
  • promote and attract private investment in heritage projects
  • ensure heritage places have a viable productive use so that they are conserved and well-maintained into the future
  • revitalise disused properties so they contribute to the social and economic well-being of our communities.


Heritage Works provides the following services:

  • feasibility analysis
  • conservation planning and specification
  • conservation works
  • financial support where required
  • project management
  • government heritage property disposal process support
  • marketing and sales support.

Heritage Works also assists in financing property disposal projects by underwriting the cost of a disposal project, including feasibility analysis, conservation planning, pre-sale conservation, repair or decontamination works where required, marketing and real estate services. The costs are recouped from the proceeds of sale.

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Page last reviewed 28 June 2019
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