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WA Heritage Awards

Landscape image of the Albany Forts and National Anzac Centre

About the awards

The Western Australian Heritage Awards were established in 1992 by the Heritage Council to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations to heritage in Western Australia.

The awards showcase excellence in revitalising heritage places, setting standards for future interpretation, conservation and adaptive reuse of places on the State Register of Heritage Places. It also recognises those individuals that have been instrumental in elevating the value of heritage, securing its place in Western Australia’s future.

The award categories acknowledge the commitment and successes of individuals and organisations, and the diversity of heritage projects across the State.

Read more about the 2016 WA Heritage Award winners here.

Nominations for the 2017 WA Heritage Awards will open in mid-September 2016.


  • The awards are Western Australia's premier heritage event which highlights best practice in adaptive reuse, conservation, interpretation, heritage tourism, and promotion.
  • The awards attract extensive media interest, ensuring that the industry, government and community recognise and celebrate winners that demonstrate innovative and best practice standards. 
  • You are taking part in an established event that showcases the very best of heritage practices and educates the wider community about the importance of conserving our cultural heritage.
  • Increased profile within the public and private sector by being featured in the Heritage Matters Magazine and eNewsletter, the State Heritage Office website and other promotional material.
  • The opportunity to promote your project internationally, following an agreement between the Heritage Council and UNESCO to shortlist Heritage Award winning places for a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.   


  • Log into the Awards Portal and complete your nomination online.
  • There are eight categories, and each has different nomination criteria. More information about the award categories and criteria can be found here.
  • Choose the category that best suits your nomination. You are eligible to enter more than one category, as long as the work submitted meets the criteria.
  • You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline.
  • To ensure fairness for all nominations, answers will be capped at 500 words per question.
  • At least five photographs or images must be uploaded to support the nomination. Read more about the type of images that should be uploaded to give your project the best chance of being successful.
  • The entry deadline is final and there will be no extensions provided.
For more information on the 2016 WA Heritage Awards, contact Awards Manager Gemma Travers by email or telephoning (08) 6552 4104 or 1800 524 000 (regional callers only).

The Western Australian Heritage Awards are an opportunity to promote your heritage project internationally. In co-operation with UNESCO, selected winners of the awards are shortlisted for a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Three WA projects were shortlisted for nomination for the UNESCO Awards following wins at the 2015 Heritage Awards in April. In September, Wanslea, now the Cancer Wellness Centre, in Cottesloe was recognised with an Honourable Mention in the esteemed international awards. Read more about the UNESCO win here.

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The Western Australian Heritage Awards are open to all individuals, property owners architects, developers, tourism operators, government and non-government agencies. A complete list of the terms and conditions associated with the Heritage Awards can be found here.

The 2015 WA Heritage Awards

11 individuals and outstanding heritage projects were honoured at the Heritage Council's 2015 WA Heritage Awards in April this year. Read more about these projects here.

View image image galleries of some of the successful 2015 Heritage projects, including Wanslea, Harwood's Cottage Cafe and Quindalup Post OfficeAlbany Forts (Princess Royal Fortress) and the National Anzac Centre.

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Heritage is integral to the vibrant life and prosperity of Western Australia.
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PO Box 7479
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