Australian Heritage Strategy – 2015

Commonwealth of Australia  – 2015

Key points from the 2015 Strategy

Australia has a rich natural and cultural heritage that underpins our sense of place and national identity and makes a positive contribution to the nation’s wellbeing. We value our heritage and have a strong desire to see Australia’s significant heritage places recognised and protected.

The 2015 Australian Heritage Strategy:

  • recognises that heritage is diverse and encompasses natural, historic and Indigenous values
  • considers ways in which Australia’s heritage places can be better identified and managed to ensure their long-term protection
  • explores new opportunities to support and fund heritage places
  • considers how the community enjoys, commemorates and celebrates these special places and the stories that underpin them
  • highlights how heritage can lead to increased tourism and economic returns to place managers or owners and their communities
  • makes clear that heritage identification, protection and management is a shared responsibility with state and local governments, businesses and communities
  • is to be reviewed after five years by the Australian Government, with periodic monitoring, evaluation as required.

Policies and programs relating to moveable cultural heritage objects or heritage collections are not included in the scope of the strategy.