Heritage advisors are appointed by, and report, to local councils. They are mostly appointed on a part-time basis. In rural areas most advisors visit on a one-day-a-month basis; in urban areas more frequent visits are common. At the start of a heritage advisor program and during times of heavy workload, extra time may be needed to ensure the program operates smoothly.
Although accessible to all the council staff, the advisor will normally report to one senior officer; e.g. council’s Director of Environmental Services.
A heritage advisor will initially work with the council staff and management to develop a heritage policy and heritage strategy. They need to agree on the areas the council and heritage advisor will address.