Legal status and heritage place lists

The legal status of each place is listed in search results returned by the Australian Heritage Database.

The legal status of a heritage place describes its position in the heritage listing assessment process. Examples of types of legal status include nominated, rejected and listed. Each list has its own types of legal status.

World Heritage List

Status

Definition

Indicative property

Data provided to or obtained by the Heritage Division has been entered into the database. However, a formal nomination has not been made and the Department has not prepared all the data necessary for a nomination.

Nominated property

The Australian Government has prepared a nomination for a property in its own territory and presented it to the World Heritage Committee for assessment. The property is under assessment by the World Heritage Committee and its associated professional organisations.

Withdrawn property

The Australian Government has decided to withdraw its nomination to the World Heritage List.

Declared property

The World Heritage Committee has inscribed the property in the World Heritage List.

Declared property extension
nominated

The Australian Government has nominated an extension to the area of an already listed property.

Declared property new values nominated

The Australian Government has nominated new values for an already listed property.

Rejected property

The World Heritage Committee has decided that the nominated property does not meet the criteria for World Heritage Listing.

Endangered property

The property has been placed in the World Heritage List In Danger.

Deleted property

The property has deteriorated to the point where it has irretrievably lost those characteristics that determined its inclusion. The Committee has informed the state party and comments have been sought on the deletion. These comments have been taken into account before the final decision has been made.

List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance to Australia

Status

Definition

Listed place

The Place has been included in the List.

National Heritage List

Status

Definition

Indicative place

Data provided to or obtained by the Heritage Division has been entered into the database. However, a formal nomination has not been made and the Council has not received the data for assessment.

The data in the place does not necessarily represent the views of the Council or the Minister.

Nominated place

The Minister's delegate has received a nomination on the approved form and carried out an initial assessment on data adequacy. The nomination either will be or has been referred to the Council for assessment.

The data will generally be that provided by the nominator, but may be updated during assessment.

The significance or values attributed to the place are the views of the nominator and not necessarily those of either the Council or the Minister.

Request for emergency listing

The Minister or the Minster's delegate has received a request for the emergency listing of a place.

Emergency listing

The Minister has been satisfied that the place has one or more National Heritage values and that any one or more of those values is under significant adverse threat that is likely and imminent. The Minister has, by instrument published in the Gazette, included the place in the National Heritage List. Such places are subsequently referred to the Council for assessment.

Place rejected for emergency listing

The Minister has rejected the request for the emergency listing of a place.

Assessed place

The Council has completed the assessment of the place referred to it by the Minister.

Listed place

The Council has sent an assessment to the Minister and the Minister has entered the place in the National Heritage List. He or she does this by instrument published in the Gazette.

Within listed place

This place is within the larger area entered in the National Heritage List. Whilst the place has not been specifically assessed, it may have heritage values. Such values may be identified in the record for the encompassing area.

Place not included

The Council has sent an assessment to the Minister and the Minister has decided not to include the place in the National Heritage List.

Removed place

Either the Minister

  • has removed the place from the National Heritage List because he or she is satisfied that the place no longer has any National Heritage values; or,
  • has decided that it is necessary to do so in the interests of Australia's defence or security.
Destroyed place

The place has been destroyed before being assessed or listed.

Nomination now ineligible
for PPAL

Under the EPBC Act, the Australian Heritage Council (AHC) can only assess places for the National Heritage List if the places are on the AHC's assessment work plan (known as the "priority assessment list"). The Minister sets this work plan each financial year. A nomination becomes ineligible if it has been considered for two consecutive work plans but not included. However a nominated place ruled ineligible in this way can be re-nominated, thereupon becoming eligible again for consideration.

Commonwealth Heritage List (CHL)

Status

Definition

Indicative place

Data provided to or obtained by the Heritage Division has been entered into the database. However, a formal nomination has not been made and the Council has not received the data for assessment.

The data in the place does not necessarily represent the views of the Council or the Minister.

Nominated place

The Minister's delegate has received a nomination on the approved form and carried out an initial assessment on data adequacy. The nomination either will be or has been referred to the Council for assessment.

The data will generally be that provided by the nominator, but may be updated during assessment.

The significance or values attributed to the place are the views of the nominator and not necessarily those of either the Council or the Minister.

Request for emergency listing

The Minister or the Minster's delegate has received a request for the emergency listing of a place.

Emergency listing

The Minister has been satisfied that the place has one or more Commonwealth Heritage values and that any one or more of those values is under significant adverse threat that is likely and imminent. He or she has by instrument published in the Gazette, included the place in the Commonwealth Heritage List. Such places are subsequently referred to the Council for assessment.

Place rejected for emergency listing

The Minister has rejected the request for the emergency listing of a place.

Assessed place

The Council has completed the assessment of the place referred to it by the Minister.

Listed place

The Council has sent an assessment to the Minister and the Minister has entered the place in the Commonwealth Heritage List. He or she does this by instrument published in the Gazette.

Within listed place

This place is within the larger area entered in the Commonwealth Heritage List. Whilst the place has not been specifically assessed, it may have heritage values. Such values may be identified in the record for the encompassing area.

Place not included

The Council has sent an assessment to the Minister and the Minister has decided not to include the place in the Commonwealth Heritage List.

Removed place

Either the Minister

  • has removed the place from the CHL as the place is no longer in a Commonwealth area or, if the place is outside the Australian jurisdiction, the place is no longer owned or leased by the Commonwealth or a Commonwealth Agency; or
  • has removed the place because he or she is satisfied that the place no longer has any Commonwealth Heritage values; or
  • has decided that it is necessary to do so in the interests of Australia's defence or security.
Destroyed place

The place has been destroyed before being assessed or listed.

Nomination now ineligible
for PPAL

Under the EPBC Act, the Australian Heritage Council (AHC) can only assess places for the National Heritage List if the places are on the AHC's assessment work plan (known as the "priority assessment list"). The Minister sets this work plan each financial year. A nomination becomes ineligible if it has been considered for two consecutive work plans but not included. However a nominated place ruled ineligible in this way can be re-nominated, thereupon becoming eligible again for consideration.

Ineligible place

At some stage in the assessment process, but prior to listing, the place ceases to be in a Commonwealth area, or, if outside the Australian jurisdiction, is no longer owned or leased by the Commonwealth.

Register of the National Estate

Status of the Register of the National Estate

The Register of the National Estate (RNE) was closed in 2007 and is no longer a statutory list.

The RNE is maintained on a non-statutory basis as a publicly available archive and educational resource.

Status

Definition

Indicative

Data provided to or obtained by the Australian Heritage Council or the former Australian Heritage Commission was entered into the RNE database however a decision on whether the place should be entered in the RNE itself was not made before the RNE was closed in 2007.

Identified

The former Australian Heritage Commission has assessed the values of this place and decided that it should be entered in the Register. The place had not reached the Interim List stage by 1 January 2004 when the Commission was abolished.

Interim list

The place was in the Interim List at 1 January 2004 when the Australian Heritage Commission was abolished. The place had been publicly proposed for entry in the Register.

Registered

The place was entered in the RNE prior to its closure in 2007. The existence of an entry for a place in the RNE does not in itself create a requirement to protect the place under Commonwealth law. Nevertheless, information in the register may continue to be current and may be relevant to statutory decisions about protection.

Removed from Register

The place was removed from the RNE prior to its closure in 2007.

Destroyed

The place was destroyed before being assessed or listed in the RNE prior to its closure in 2007.

Rejected

The Australian Heritage Council or the former Australian Heritage Commission assessed the place and found that it did not warrant entry in the RNE in its own right, prior to the closure of the RNE in 2007.

Duplicate record

The place has another record in the database.

Identified through state processes

The place is entered in a state/territory heritage register. The Australian Heritage Commission had formally recognised the standards of historic assessment of the relevant state or territory heritage body and acknowledged that the place has National Estate historic values.