Heritage Protection

Identifying and registering places and objects that are important to the history of our state allows us to protect, celebrate and highlight their special interest to us as a community.   Victoria’s historic buildings, monuments, parks, gardens, shipwreck sites and other places and objects of state significance are listed in the Victorian Heritage Register.   You can search the Victorian Heritage Database to look for information on the range of fascinating objects and places that have been registered for protection.

Interim Protection Orders

Guidance in what the Heritage Council may take into account when considering whether to make an Interim Protection Order over a place or object.

The Victorian Heritage Register

The Victorian Heritage Register provides legal protection for heritage places and objects that are significant to the history and development of Victoria. Find out the steps involved in registration and how to nominate a place or object for the Victorian Heritage Register.

Heritage Legislation and Other Protections

Read about the various levels of legislation that cover heritage protection in Victoria. We also have non-statutory protections such as the Burra Charter which guide best practice heritage protection.

Criteria for Inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register

We use a range of criteria to help us decide whether a place or object is important to understanding the history of our state. You can see examples of registered places and why they were included in the Victorian Heritage Register.