The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
Wilson Hall Credit: © 2018 HIN LIM AIPP | Hin Lim Photography

The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens

World Heritage Environs Area Draft World Heritage Strategy Plan

April 2022

On 31 January 2022, the Heritage Council received an Adjournment Request from Heritage Victoria to enable the Minister for Planning to first consider whether the WHEA boundary should be expanded. The Minister for Planning requested that the Heritage Council convene a committee to consider the merits of the boundary expansion, with consideration given to the submissions received to date, and provide a report to him. Accordingly, the Hearing scheduled for March 2022 is adjourned until further notice.


The Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (‘REB & CG’) site is included in the Victorian Heritage Register. It is also one of only four places in Australia included in the UNESCO World Heritage List solely for cultural heritage values. Pursuant to the Victorian Heritage Act 2017 (‘the Act’), the REB & CG World Heritage Environs Area (‘WHEA’) is managed by a World Heritage Management Plan, of which the World Heritage Strategy Plan (‘Strategy Plan’) forms a part. The Strategy Plan sets out strategies for the appropriate use of the REB & CG WHEA to ensure the protection and management of its world heritage values. The Management Plan (and therefore the Strategy Plan) must be reviewed every seven years. The Executive Director, Heritage Victoria, prepared a new draft Strategy Plan which was available for public response.

Submissions on the draft Strategy Plan to be made to the Heritage Council for consideration

The draft Strategy Plan was advertised for 60 days. Any person or body could make submissions to the Heritage Council in relation to the draft Strategy Plan, pursuant to section 172 of the Act. Following the Heritage Council’s consideration of the draft Strategy Plan, any submissions received, and any other matters it considers relevant, and after conducting any hearing, the Council must adopt the draft Strategy Plan with or without amendments and give the draft Strategy Plan to the Minister for Planning for approval.

  • Please find the draft Strategy Plan attached below:


The Heritage Council must consider all submissions received whether a hearing is conducted or not. The Heritage Council may conduct a hearing but is not required to do so.


City of Melbourne planning scheme documents

City of Yarra planning scheme documents

Operational provisions

Regional Policy

State Policy


If you would like us to send you a Word doc version of the Draft Strategy Plan, Visual Framework, or the Explanatory Report please contact us.

If you have any questions about the above, please contact the Heritage Council by email at or by telephone on (03) 8508 1656.

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