About this publication
The 2019 Working Together: Managing Commonwealth Heritage Places has been prepared to assist Commonwealth agencies to better understand the management requirements for Commonwealth Heritage places as set out under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and its regulations. In association with the EPBC Act, this guide should be used as a primary reference document for those agencies managing Commonwealth heritage places.
The guide has seven sections on key matters. Making a Heritage Strategy sets out the requirements for preparing a heritage strategy under the EPBC Act. The section entitled Applying the Principles outlines the seven Commonwealth Heritage management principles which should be used to guide the day-to-day management of a Commonwealth Heritage place. A framework for developing a management plan that meets the requirements of the EPBC Act and its regulations is provided in the section entitled Developing Management Plans. From time-to-time agencies will need to make changes to a Commonwealth Heritage place. The section entitled Making a Referral explains the types of changes which may require a decision from the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment under the EPBC Act. An overview of the referral process, including useful web links, is included in this section. The section entitled Divestment outlines agency obligations and processes under the EPBC Act when a place included in the Commonwealth Heritage List is sold.
Answers to commonly asked questions can be found in the sections entitled Finding Assistance, Key Publications and Other Resources. The Heritage Branch of the Department of the Environment and Energy can also provide advice on the management of Commonwealth Heritage places.
A glossary of key terms can be found at the end of the publication in the section entitled Other Resources.
Comments and any feedback you may have on the guide are welcome. Please forward suggestions, comments and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.