Criteria for Inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register
Murtoa Stick Shed Credit: Adam Dimech

Criteria for Inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register

Criteria for inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register

For a place or object to be included in the Victorian Heritage Register it must meet at least one of the Heritage Council of Victoria’s criteria for assessment.  These criteria are used to determine the importance of a place or object to the history and development of Victoria.

Below are a series of examples of which illustrate each criterion.

For guidance in applying these criteria refer to the Victorian Heritage Register Criteria and Threshold Guidelines 2019 (PDF 1.2MB) .

Also of relevance:

IMPORTANT NOTE: On 4 April 2019 the Heritage Council formally adopted an updated version of the Criterion G wording and threshold guidance (see the above link to the Victorian Heritage Register Criteria and Threshold Guidelines 2019 and a summary of the main changes here (PDF 154KB) and  (Word 220KB).

This document applies for nominations to the Executive Director and recommendations made by the Executive Director AFTER this date.

The previous Victorian Heritage Register Criteria and Threshold Guidelines 2018 (PDF 731KB) and (Word 1.4MB) applies to any recommendation that was published prior to 4 April 2019 and any hearings in progress prior to that date.

If you have any questions about which version of the Victorian Heritage Register Criteria and Threshold Guidelines applies to your matter, please contact heritage.council@delwp.vic.gov.au or call (03) 9194 0868.

Criterion A

Importance to the course, or pattern, of Victoria’s cultural history.

Criterion B

Possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Victoria’s cultural history.

Criterion C

Potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Victoria’s cultural history.

Criterion D

Importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural places and objects.

Criterion E

Importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics

Criterion F

Importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period.

Criterion G

Strong or special association with a particular present-day community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.

Criterion H

Special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Victoria’s history.

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