Who We Are
The Heritage Council of Western Australia and the State Heritage Office operate together under the same legislation and shared corporate strategy.
The Heritage Council is the State Government’s advisory body on heritage matters and is vested with functions and powers under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. The Heritage Council determines the organisation’s strategy, policies and makes key decisions on places to be entered into the State Register of Heritage Places and development referrals. Read more about the Heritage Council.
The Department of the State Heritage Office is a State Government department that supports the Heritage Council and Minister for Heritage to identify, celebrate and promote the conservation and sensitive development of cultural heritage places in WA. The State Heritage Office carries out most of the Heritage Council’s day-to-day operations, projects and service delivery. Delegation of responsibilities from the Council to the Office occurs within the framework of a formal delegation policy. Read more about the State Heritage Office.
The Minister for Heritage; Environment is the Hon Albert Paul Jacob MLA.
Our three core functions are to:
- Establish and maintain the State Register of Heritage Places, a comprehensive statutory list of places that have heritage value to the State
- Ensure any development of heritage places is sensitive to its cultural heritage values
- Promote awareness and knowledge of Western Australia’s cultural heritage.