Underwater cultural heritage, maritime sites (including historic shipwrecks) and associated relics are protected by the:
- Heritage Act 1977
- Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018
The Australian Government works collaboratively with the State and Territory government agencies to protect and conserve Australia’s underwater cultural heritage.
We work under delegation to the Commonwealth to monitor and manage maritime heritage sites in NSW to ensure seamless administration of underwater cultural heritage.
We issue permits for Commonwealth sites on their behalf.