The underlying philosophy of heritage conservation in Australia is expressed in the Australia ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Significance, commonly known as the Burra Charter (see Appendix A). The Burra Charter is fully explained in The Illustrated Burra Charter, which can be purchased from the NSW Heritage Office. This publication outlines the basic principles to be observed in undertaking conservation work on heritage places.
A separate information sheet, titled How to Carry Out Work on Heritage Buildings and Sites, provides more detailed guidelines on specific aspects of conservation work. This free publication can be obtained from the NSW Heritage Office.