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
Who can request a Nomination Review?
If you nominated the place or object that the Executive Director refused to nominate, 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. 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.
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.
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:
- writing to all parties involved in the Nomination Review
- publishing it on the Heritage Council website
- including it in the Australasian Legal Information Institute’s Victorian Law Resources database.
Further information about Nomination Reviews can be found in Heritage Council Protocol 3 – Nomination Reviews or contact the Hearings Coordinator on 03 9194 0868.
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.