Commonwealth heritage protection law

Responsibility for heritage protection in Australia is split between national, state and local governments. The Commonwealth is responsible for World Heritage, National Heritage, and Commonwealth Heritage Places. This Fact Sheet outlines the national laws relating to heritage, including provisions for emergency protection, and how places and objects are protected under national law.

This Fact Sheet will be useful for anyone wishing to nominate a place or object for heritage protection or who is concerned about a place or heritage item under threat. It will also be useful for anyone wishing to undertake a development which may impact upon a place of heritage value or who is considering the export of a heritage object. It gives details of how to apply for license or a permit and the matters that will be considered in assessing the application.

Other relevant fact sheets include: Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, NSW Heritage Law

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