What we do

The Heritage Council of Victoria is an independent statutory body which identifies and protects places and objects of cultural heritage significance to the State of Victoria.

Our role is to ensure that our diverse cultural heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for current and future generations.

Our work

The Heritage Council of Victoria:

  • advises the Minister for Planning on the protection and conservation of Victoria’s cultural heritage
  • decides which places and objects are added to or removed from the Victorian Heritage Register
  • reviews permit, archaeological consent and nomination decisions when requested
  • promotes public understanding of Victoria’s cultural heritage and conducts community education and information programs
  • undertakes research related to identification, conservation and interpretation of cultural heritage
  • advises and liaises with state government departments and agencies and municipal councils on the protection and conservation of places and objects of cultural significance.

Our Strategic Plan sets out our priorities for 2016-2020.

How we are run

The Heritage Council of Victoria is a ten-member independent statutory authority decision-making body that makes decisions on heritage issues in Victoria.  Our Council members are drawn from a wide range of professional disciplines and organisations. The Council is supported by a small secretariat.

We receive professional advice and administrative support from Heritage Victoria and the Executive Director. Heritage Victoria is a Victorian state government agency and is part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) whereas the Heritage Council of Victoria is an independent statutory authority established under the Heritage Act 2017.

We have developed protocols to ensure that we maintain independence from Heritage Victoria and the Executive Director for our decision making and quasi-judicial roles.

Our powers and responsibilities are set out in the Heritage Act.

Statement of Expectations (SOE)

The Victorian Government requires all regulators to have a Statement of Expectations (SOE) in place to establish clear expectations for regulator performance to reduce red tape affecting businesses, not for profit organisations, government service providers, and households. A SOE provides a consistent framework for regulators to improve administration and enforcement of regulation.

The letter to the Chair, Heritage Victoria  sets out improvements and targets that form the SOE – SOE from Minister for Planning to Heritage Council Victoria (PDF 399KB) 

The Chair’s response to the Minister for Planning –  SOE from Heritage Council Victoria to Minister for Planning (PDF 355KB)  – sets out how the improvements and targets will be met in 2018-20.