Amendments to the EPBC Act in February 2007 established a more strategic process for listing Commonwealth Heritage Places. It introduced an assessment cycle. The assessment cycle allows priorities and work programs to be set for places most likely to have Commonwealth heritage values.
Anyone can nominate a place with significant heritage values for the Commonwealth Heritage List. Each year the Minister for the Environment (the Minister) may invite nominations.
To nominate a place, go to Nominating a heritage place.
The Australian Heritage Council (the council) assesses nominated places against set criteria. The council makes a recommendation to the Minister. The Minister makes the final decision on listing.
Nominating a place
The Commonwealth Heritage List’s nomination and assessment process is open and consultative.
Each year, the Minister may invite nominations to the List according to the assessment cycle.
Nominations must set out the qualities or values of the place that make it significant. It must show how the place meets one or more of the Commonwealth heritage significance criteria.
You can request a nomination form by emailing email@example.com.
Or by post:
The Nominations Manager
Heritage Policy Branch
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
GPO Box 3090
CANBERRA ACT 2601
The council advises the Minister on the nominations to include in the assessment work plan for the coming financial year. The Minister sets the work plan, known as the Finalised Priority Assessment List (FPAL).
Nominations included on the FPAL are generally assessed within a 12 month period. Assessments can be over a longer timeframe if suggested by the council and agreed by the Minister. The council must invite public comment on the nominations during the assessment period. Consultation with owners and occupiers of a place must occur if it is found that it is likely to have heritage values.