Interim Protection Orders

Interim Protection Orders (IPOs) can be made by either the Heritage Council or the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria to protect places/objects that may be of State-level cultural heritage significance and are under immediate or imminent threat. A place or object that is subject to an interim protection order is deemed for the period of the order to be included in the Heritage Register. During this time it receives protection under the Heritage Act 2017 while it is being assessed for consideration by the Heritage Council of Victoria.

The Heritage Council has adopted the following policy: Interim Protection Order Policy 2020

This guidance will add clarity for owners, managers, permit applicants, local councils and other participants in the planning and heritage systems on what matters the Executive Director or the Heritage Council may take into account in considering whether or not to make an Interim Protection Order (IPO) over a place or object.

Requests for an IPO must be made using the form Request for an Interim Protection Order and can be emailed to the Heritage Council at

Request for an Interim Protection Order – FORM (Word 274KB)

For information on making a request for an IPO to the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria, please see here.