Since the early 1990s, concepts of communal attachment to heritage places derived from experience and practice have achieved wide-spread levels of recognition. Over a similar period, challenges associated with assessing and managing these places through existing statutory regimes have become increasingly evident.
In 2017, the Heritage Council of Victoria commissioned a project to explore approaches to enable the Heritage Council of Victoria and Heritage Victoria to more effectively and consistently identify, and thus protect, places of significance to the state because of their social value, under Criterion G.
The project concluded in April 2019 and resulted in a new section on Criterion G in the Victorian Heritage Register and Threshold Guidelines . More information on the project and its outcomes can be found here.