Heritage Council of NSW

The Heritage Council is an independent statutory body that works to ensure the protection, preservation and promotion of heritage in NSW.

Our role

The Heritage Council makes decisions about the care and protection of heritage places and items that have been identified as being significant to the people of New South Wales.

The role and functions of the Heritage Council of NSW are created by the NSW Heritage Act, 1977 (NSW). Its membership reflects a cross-section of community, government and conservation expertise. The Heritage Council is appointed by the NSW Government to:

  • provide advice on heritage matters to the Minister for Heritage
  • recommend items of State significance for listing on the State Heritage Register
  • recommend the interim protection of potential heritage items so that an assessment of their significance can be made
  • determine proposed changes to items on the State Heritage Register to retain the items' heritage significance
  • advise the community on heritage.


Independent Planning Commission Review: Varroville Homestead

On 22 February 2019 the Independent Planning Commission conducted a review of the Recommendation to list a curtilage extension to Varroville Homestead on the State Heritage Register, for the Minister for Heritage.



Design Guide for Heritage

The Design Guide for Heritage was officially launched on 30 January 2019. Developed collaboratively between the Heritage Council of NSW and the NSW Government Architect, it is a resource to ensure good design in heritage places. The Heritage Council of NSW would like to thank everyone who was involved in providing feedback on the draft design.


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NSW Community Attitudes to Heritage

This technical report was commissioned by the Heritage Council of NSW to provide a robust and representative overview of perceptions and attitudes towards heritage in NSW.