Nomination Reviews Explained

Nomination Reviews are conducted by the Heritage Council if requested when a nominator is dissatisfied with the Executive Director’s decision to refuse to accept a nomination on the basis that the place or object has no reasonable prospect of inclusion in the Victorian Heritage Register.

PLEASE NOTE: If the Heritage Council receive a request to review an Executive Director decision on a nomination application that was made before 1 February 2024, the nomination review will be conducted in accordance with the Heritage Act as amended.

Using the HCV Hub for Nomination Reviews

The ‘HCV Hub’ is the Heritage Council of Victoria’s online platform for lodging forms and submissions in relation to its regulatory processes, conducted pursuant to the Heritage Act 2017. All forms, submissions and hearing-related material is to be lodged with the Heritage Council by way of the HCV Hub. In turn, all hearing-related correspondence and material will be made available to participants via the HCV Hub.

Where a person or organization is unable to access the HCV Hub for the purpose of lodging forms and submissions, they should liaise with the Secretariat.

Where a protocol or the Act requires the ‘lodgment’ or ‘submission’ of forms etc. to be made ‘in writing’, this is to be done via the online forms on the HCV Hub.

Who can request a Nomination Review?

If you nominated the place or object and the Executive Director has refused to accept your nomination, you can request a review by the Heritage Council.

Requests for a review must be lodged within 28 days of the Executive Director’s decision by filling out Heritage Council Form G – Request for a Nomination Review, via the HCV Hub. This form asks you to detail the reasons why you want to request a review of the decision.

Who can contribute to the Nomination Review?

A Committee of at least three (3) members of the Heritage Council will conduct the review. The Committee will notify the following people of the Review, and may request that they provide any additional information that will assist the Committee in conducting the review:

  • the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria
  • the nominator
  • the responsible authority
  • the relevant Municipal Council
  • any person the Committee allows who can provide more information.

Additional information must be lodged with the Committee by the deadline.

Material Information

If the Committee receives new information from the nominator, and the Committee considers that information to be material, the Committee will remit the matter to the Executive Director for reconsideration and the review will cease.

Meeting of the Committee

If the Committee considers it necessary, you may be invited to an informal meeting in relation to the review. At the meeting, the Committee may ask attendees questions that help it in making its decision.

This meeting is not a hearing. Opportunities for presentations and direct questioning between attendees will not be provided.

Withdrawing from a review

The nominator may withdraw from the process by advising the Committee as soon as practicable. This may be done directly via the HCV Hub.

Once a withdrawal notification has been received, the Committee will cease the review and the Executive Director’s original decision will stand.

Nomination Review decisions

The Heritage Council will communicate their decision by:

Additional information

Further information about Nomination Reviews can be found in Heritage Council Protocol 3 – Nomination Reviews.

If you would like further information in relation to an upcoming nomination review, please contact the Heritage Council via email at

Please note that any information received in relation to an Nomination Review will be treated as public documents. While the Heritage Council will endeavour to respect any privacy wishes of which it is informed, it is bound by the Freedom of Information Act 1982. You should expect any information you provide to be freely and wholly available to anyone seeking access to it.