The Heritage Council of NSW is established under the Heritage Act 1977. It advises the Minister for Environment and Heritage on heritage matters in New South Wales and makes recommendations for the listing of places and objects on the State Heritage Register.
The Council makes decisions about the care and protection of heritage places and items that have been identified as being of state significance. This includes recommending the interim protection of potential heritage items so that an assessment of their significance can be made.
The Council has endorsed the Burra Charter as underpinning their decisions regarding any changes to State Heritage Register listed items.
The Heritage Council has delegated some decision making to its committees. The committees provide specialist knowledge, skills and experience to assist the Council in making informed decisions. Some of the committees meet on a monthly basis; others meet as required.
The Council receives administrative support from Heritage NSW.