All Australians are invited to nominate places of exceptional natural, indigenous or historic significance to the nation for possible inclusion in the National Heritage List. Nominations are now open for the 2017-18 assessment period and all Australians are welcome to recommend a place that contributes to our national story.
The National Heritage List celebrates and protects places of outstanding heritage value to all Australians. It reflects the story of our development as a nation, our spirit and ingenuity, and our unique, living landscapes.
There are 107 sites in the National Heritage List, from well-known places such as Uluru and the Sydney Opera House to lesser-known but equally important sites such as the Dinosaur Stampede National Monument in Queensland or the Bonegilla Migrant Camp in Victoria.
Listed places are protected under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and approval must be obtained before taking any action to ensure there is no significant impact on the national heritage values of the place.
Nominations for the National Heritage List should set out the qualities or values of the place that make it outstanding to the nation by indicating how it meets one or more of the heritage criteria. It is also important to ensure that the nomination is supported by all owners and occupiers and Indigenous people with rights or interests. After consideration of all the places nominated and advice from the Australian Heritage Council on them the Government will decide on a final list of places for the Council to assess.
The Australian Heritage Council will invite public comment on the places under assessment and consult extensively with everyone interested in the place, particularly owners and occupiers and Indigenous people with rights or interests. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in this process and nominate places of outstanding significance to our nation.
The nomination period for the National Heritage List opens today (13 December 2016) and closes on 17 February 2017. For more information visit https://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/nominating-heritage-place