Heritage is important in understanding the story of Western Australia - its history, identity and character.
Heritage is diverse and consists of places such as buildings, monuments, gardens, cemeteries, landscapes and archaeological sites.
The community, shares the responsibility to identify and care for important places, and pass on to future generations so they will understand what came before them.
The State Heritage Office works with the Heritage Council works and the community to recognise and celebrate our significant heritage places, and to promote their long-term viability into the future through sensitive development and adaptation.
What we do:
- identify places of State cultural heritage significance for entry on the State Register of Heritage Places, which is a statutory list of places that represent the story of Western Australia. Maintain the State Register.
- provide advice on any proposed development of State Registered heritage places to ensure that any change respects its heritage significance
- promote the sensitive development and new compatible uses of heritage places to assure their future
- provide advice to the Heritage Minister and the State Government on heritage-related issues, such as planning policies and major developments
- provide advice to, and support, local governments on how to identify and manage places of local heritage significance through policies and planning schemes
- provide or facilitate financial or technical assistance for owners of State Heritage places
- encourage public interest in and understanding of the cultural heritage of the State
- promote or provide education or training
- promote heritage as a tourism experience