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.

The Heritage Council advises the Minister administering the Heritage Act 1977 on heritage matters in NSW and makes recommendations to the Minister for the listing of places and objects on the State Heritage Register. The Heritage Council also make decisions about the care and protection of heritage places and items that have been identified as being of State significance.

The role and functions of the Heritage Council of NSW are created by the Heritage Act 1977 and its membership reflects a cross-section of the community, government and the heritage industry.

The Heritage Council is appointed by the NSW Government to:

  • provide advice on heritage matters to the responsible Minister
  • 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.

The Heritage Council has delegated some of its decision making to Heritage Council committees. The role of the committees is to provide high-level specialist knowledge, skills and experience to assist the Heritage Council in making informed decisions. Some of the committees meet on a monthly basis, others meet as required.


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.