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The Heritage Act 2018

Parliament passed the Heritage Bill 2017 on 12 September 2018, effectively giving Western Australia a new heritage Act (to be known as Heritage Act 2018).  Read Heritage Minister David Templeman’s media statement.

Key changes to the new Act include a streamlined process for entering a place in the State Register; more certainty for owners wishing to develop their heritage places; better protections for important heritage places; and increased transparency by publishing the Heritage Council's advice to the Minister for Heritage on the inclusion of a place in the State Register.

Before the new Act can be proclaimed, a series of regulations must be approved by the Governor to ensure the new Act will have its intended effects (these are referred to as Proclamation Regulations).

To assist with finalising the proclamation of the new Act, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is seeking your input on behalf of the Heritage Council of WA on the draft Proclamation Regulations and various supporting guidelines and publications.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage will be holding a series of training and information sessions on the new Act between May and July 2019.

The Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990 will continue to guide the conservation of places which have significance to the cultural heritage of the State until the new Act is proclaimed.

The Government will soon also be calling for nominations from experienced heritage professionals who are interested in becoming members of the Heritage Council. The Heritage Act 2018 moves away from requiring that Council members represent certain interests or groups, instead setting out criteria in terms of skills and expertise.

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