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Heritage identification and protection



Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995

Historic Cultural Heritage Amendment Act 1997

Heritage Council

The Tasmanian Heritage Council came into existence in 1997, following the proclamation of the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995. The Council is made up of councillors, representing diverse community and professional interests including property owners, farmers and graziers, conservation interests and areas of expertise such as history, architecture, archaeology and tourism.


The Heritage Council is a statutory body independent of government, responsible for the administration of the Act and the establishment and maintenance of the Tasmanian Heritage Register. Any development on a heritage listed places requires the approval of the Heritage Council before works can commence a work application is required.


The Tasmanian Heritage Register is a register of those places that are recognised as being of historic cultural heritage significance to the whole of Tasmania. These places are important to Tasmania and Tasmanians because of their contribution to our culture and society. They are also important as part of the cultural fabric that is so much a part of our tourism industry, our state’s identity and brand. The Register is maintained by the Heritage Council under the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995. Any one can nominate a place to the register. You can down load a list of places on the Register.

What is included on the Register

The Heritage Register is a listing of places of historic cultural heritage.

A place can be:


Criteria for inclusion on the register

To be entered in the Heritage Register, a place must meet at least one criterion contained in the Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995.

The seven criteria listed in the Act are:


  1. it is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Tasmania’s history;
  2. it demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Tasmania’s heritage;
  3. it has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Tasmania’s history;
  4. it is important as a representative in demonstrating the characteristics of a broader class of cultural places;
  5. it is important in demonstrating a high degree of technical achievement;
  6. it has a strong or special meaning for any group or community because of social, cultural or spiritual associations;
  7. it has special association with the life or work of a person, group or an organisation that was important in Tasmania’s history.


Heritage Tasmania is a unit of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Heritage Tasmania has three core roles:



Heritage Tasmania has a street front office in central Hobart at 103 Macquarie Street, a Northern field office in the Public Buildings at 53 St John Street, Launceston and employs a range of professional and administrative staff, including archaeologists, architects, historians and administrators.


Their services include the Registration, Works, Funding, Communications and Executive Services Programs. For further information on these services or historic heritage you can explore this website, email or call 1300 850 332 for a local call cost.

Government heritage grant programs

The Heritage Council oversees the administration of a grants programme for places permanently listed on the Heritage Register. Grant rounds are held once or twice a year and are advertised in the Tasmanian daily newspapers and on the website. You must complete an application form to seek grant funds. It is recommended that you check eligibility before lodging an application form.


Each application is assessed on its merits. Applications are ineligible if the place is not on the Heritage Register, the works are ineligible or the application does not contain enough detail to allow assessment. The assessment process usually involves a review of the application and a field visit. The application will then be ranked against others based on urgency of work and other priorities within the grant round.


The Heritage Council considers the recommendations made by Heritage Tasmania, determines the number of grants and the amount to be offered. All applications are informed of the outcome in writing.


Funding opportunities are also available through the Tasmanian Community Fund. Click on this web page for an interesting example of how a group, the Woodsdale Museum, successfully applied for a Tasmanian Community Fund grant of close to $45,000 to establish a Sheep Shearing Interpretation Shed and a Men’s/Farm Shed at the existing Woodsdale Museum property. Encouraging young farmers to assist and join the organisation the Museum is now a vital part of a small Tasmanian community.

Web page(s) and state government agency address

Heritage organisations in Tasmania lists state government heritage agencies, database, legislation and non-statutory heritage sites with links to them.

With the Tasmanian Heritage Council home page if you use the links at the top of the web page you can find out information about the council, register and funding.


For more information write to the Tasmanian Heritage Council and Heritage Tasmania, GPO Box 618 Hobart Tas 7001, visit 103 Macquarie Street, Hobart Tas 7001 or ring 1300 850 332 or 03 6233 2037.

Other statutory listings

The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment is responsible for heritage conservation, managing National Parks and government owned heritage assets, protecting Aboriginal sites and relics and planning.


Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania works with the Tasmanian Aboriginal community to recognise and respect Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and heritage, and secure the protection and promotion of Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage for present and future generations.


The Division provides administrative services under the Aboriginal Relics Act 1975, for all land tenures, delivering land management and expert advisory services for responsible management of Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage. The Division undertakes research and interpretive activities that protect and promote Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage throughout the State.


Key objectives of Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania are to:


Check your local government authority for information about identified local places and local grants.

Non-statutory registers

National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) is a non-government member based community organisation which works to identify and conserve Tasmania’s heritage for present and future generations to enjoy. The Trust has been operating in Tasmania since 1960. The Trust is supported by its members and volunteers. Its achievements have included the documentation and preservation of cultural heritage throughout the state, and the raising of awareness of heritage values of heritage through a range of programs.


The Trust offers community heritage programs. A brochure with more information can be downloaded. The Trust offers some touring experiences. For more information write to PO Box 711, Launceston Tas 7250, phone (03) 6344 6233 or send an email to

Other agencies and grants

Visit Arts Tasmania, and click on "FUNDING", then on "Small Museums and Collections Program". This is a program which offers two main types of grant assistance to suit the project or business planning needs of collections:

Additionally, collections can apply to Arts Tasmania’s Infrastructure Fund for a range of asset purchases or improvements, including computer equipment, office equipment or specialised machinery.


Arts Tasmania’s Roving Curator Program is another resource for collections to consider. It is an innovative and invaluable professional curatorial service based in Launceston that provides a service delivered across the State as part of the Small Museums and Collections Program. It has been established to provide support and assistance to smaller public community collections and local museums by providing access to professional curatorial and collection management services. Further information visit Arts Tasmania or phone 6323 3727.


Tasmania online, History, heraldry and genealogy has some useful links for finding out about Tasmanian historic resources and many other history related topics.


The Tasmanian Community Fund make grants to community organisations that make a difference by enhancing well-being and improving social, environmental and economic outcomes for the Tasmanian Community. You will find the Guidelines and the application form for grants, by clicking on the links. This organisation can be contacted by ringing (03) 6233 2800 or 6233 2920 or by writing to GPO Box, 1350, Hobart TAS 7001 or emailing


Hobart City Council offers community grants that provide financial assistance for community groups and organisations to develop projects or events, or specific elements of ongoing programs that aim to build community through fostering opportunities for access and participation, and responding to community issues and concerns. In previous years, cash grants between $100 and $5,000 have been approved under the program, with an average of $2,304 per grant paid in 2009/2010. For more information phone either (03) 6238 2758 or (03) 6238 2100, or email