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.