About the Report
The report on the Protection of Australia’s Commemorative Places and Monuments reviews the existing legal framework protecting such places and monuments in Australia. The report has been prepared by the Australian Heritage Council, having regard to input from all states and territories and Australia’s tiered system of heritage recognition and management.
The report finds that the current legislative and policy framework across the country is adequate, but also makes a number of recommendations to allow Australians to further recognise and promote our shared Indigenous and colonial heritage.
Background to the Report
In September 2017 the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, wrote to the Chair of the Australian Heritage Council, the Hon Dr David Kemp, to request the Council’s advice on the adequacy of existing legal protections for places and monuments that relate to the early interactions between European explorers and settlers and Australia’s Indigenous peoples.
The Australian Heritage Council was asked to include advice on how these protections operate, at a local, state and federal level, in the event there is damage or loss of cultural heritage values and any recommendations the Council may have to enhance the protection and management of significant monuments related to Australia’s historical cultural heritage.