Culture and heritage


Australian convict sites

World Heritage nomination

The New South Wales Government is working with the Australian Government and the governments of Western Australia, Tasmania and Norfolk Island to develop a serial nomination of 11 convict sites in Australia for inscription on the World Heritage List.

Four of these sites are in New South Wales. They are:

  • Old Government House and its Domain in Parramatta Park, Parramatta
  • Old Great North Road, in the Dharug National Park, near Wiseman's Ferry
  • Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street, Sydney
  • Cockatoo Island, lower Parramatta River, Sydney Harbour

Information on these sites can be found under their statutory heritage listings:

Information on the both the World Heritage listing process and the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination is available on the website of the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities at About World Heritage and Convict sites

Management plans

Under UNESCO's World Heritage guidelines and Australian Government requirements, a management plan must be prepared for any site nominated for inscription on the World Heritage List.

The plan has to identify the World and National Heritage values of a site, set out the environmental impact assessment and approval requirements, and the management arrangements that would operate to protect the national and possible World Heritage values of the site.

The management plans for each of the NSW convict sites are being prepared by the site managers and will be on display on the sites' websites. As they become available, draft management plans will be uploaded to the site websites and also linked to this page.

The following draft management plans are currently on display at:

Nomination submitted to UNESCO

The world heritage nomination was lodged with UNESCO in Paris by the deadline of 31st January 2008.

An electronic copy of the nomination document can be viewed online at Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

A desk-top review of the nomination will now be undertaken in Paris, and an independent assessor nominated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) will visit all the sites in the spring of 2008.

The review and assessor's reports will inform the advice that ICOMOS provides to the World Heritage Committee when it considers the nomination in mid-2009.

Page last updated: 01 September 2012