Culture and heritage

Heritage

Papers Relating to the Productivity Commission Inquiry 2006

The Australian Government's Productivity Commission undertook an inquiry into the Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places in 2005-06. On this page you can find all the reports and links related to this inquiry, including:

State and Territory Heritage Council Chairs' Position Paper

The Productivity Commission Inquiry into the conservation of Australia's historic heritage commenced in early 2005. The Commission's final report was tabled in Parliament by the Federal Treasurer in September 2006.

Response by Chairs of the State and Territory Heritage Councils issued on 13 November 2006. (pciresponse.pdf, 57KB)

Reports on framework and value of historic history

Report 1: Thoughts on the `When' and `How' of government historic heritage protection

The Allen Consulting Group, 2005

This research report was commissioned by the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand to inform debate about:

  • the circumstances when it is appropriate for government to intervene to protect historic heritage places; and
  • the manner in which historic heritage is protected by governments.

The views in this report reflect those of The Allen Consulting Group, and not necessarily those of the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand or their respective governments. The report is complemented by another research report that addresses the value of heritage protection to the community. (See below: Valuing the Priceless: The Value of Historic Heritage in Australia)

Thoughts on the When and How of Government Heritage Protection (ResearchGovernmentHerProtection2005.pdf, 540KB)

Report 2: Valuing the priceless: the value of historic heritage in Australia

The Allen Consulting Group, 2005

This research report was commissioned by the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand to gauge community views on the value of heritage protection to the general population.

Most previous heritage research has tended to focus on the economic, rather than the cultural, value of heritage. An online survey of 2024 adult Australians was undertaken to:

  • identify people's views on a number of matters, which would in turn point to some elements of social capital affected by historic heritage place protection; and
  • quantify the values that people attach to a number of attributes of protection afforded to historic heritage places using the `choice modelling'technique.

The views in this report reflect those of The Allen Consulting Group, and not necessarily those of the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand or their respective governments. The report is complemented by another research report that addresses the circumstances when it is appropriate for government to intervene to protect historic heritage places; and the manner in which historic heritage places are protected by governments. (See report above: Thoughts on the When and How of Government Heritage Protection.)

Valuing the Priceless: The Value of Historic Heritage in Australia (ResearchValuingthePriceless2005.pdf, 1.9MB)

Review of the submissions made to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Australia's Historic Heritage

Marie Wood, GSRW Consulting, 2007

This review was commissioned by the Heritage Chairs and Officials of the States and Territories of Australia to analyse the submissions to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into the Conservation of Australia's Historic Heritage Places. The Commission's final report was tabled in Parliament by the Federal Treasurer in September 2006. Marie Wood's analysis aims to capture the issues and ideas contained in the 418 written submissions received by the Inquiry.

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