Search Listing Details

Interest
Australian Natural, Indigenous and Historic Heritage
Responsible agency
Department of the Environment and Energy
Summary
The Department of the Environment has several themes it reports on one of these is Australian Heritage this deals with the extent and condition of Australia's rich Indigenous, natural and historic heritage, the threats each faces from natural and human processes, and the challenges of management.
Description

The Australian Government is working to instill a new sense of pride in Australia's heritage. We are working with local communities to share the stories about the things that have helped shape our nation and to ensure that our heritage places are protected for future generations.

It provides consideration of Heritage listings and assessments on pressures affecting heritage values; effectiveness of heritage management; and current and emerging risks.

Our heritage includes those places with natural, Indigenous or historic values that we have inherited and want to pass on to future generations.

There are several differing types of heritage:

Natural heritage
Natural heritage comprises the components of the natural environment that have aesthetic, historical, scientific or social significance, or other special value for the present community, as well as for future generations.4 One important factor that distinguishes natural heritage places from broader natural or social values is that natural heritage places relate to definable and valued locations or areas of land.5 For example, the values of a particular national park can be identified and defined as heritage values by applying assessment criteria such as those used to assess places for the National Heritage List.

Indigenous heritage
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage extends back over many tens of thousands of years and is of continuing significance, creating and maintaining links with the people and the land.4 Human occupation of the Australian continent has left a rich legacy of places that bear witness to our evolving human history. Indigenous heritage places include occupation sites, rock art, carved trees, places with known spiritual values, important waters or landscapes laden with meaning to people from that country, and places with contemporary value to Indigenous people

Historic heritage
Historic sites relate particularly to the occupation and use of the continent since the arrival of European and other migrants, including pre–1788 Asian and European exploration, contact and settlement sites. Historic places tell us about the society we have formed in Australia over the past two centuries, and provide a tangible link to past events, processes and people.4 The Australian environment includes rare remnants of early convict history, pastoral properties and small remote settlements, as well as large urban areas, engineering works, factories and defence facilities. Historic heritage illustrates the way in which the many cultures of Australian people (both Indigenous and non-Indigenous) have modified, shaped and created our cultural environment. By its nature, it will continue to evolve to represent the flow of history and changing community perceptions.

Note: Listings may change at any time.

For more information please see www.environment.gov.au/topics/heritage/publications-and-resources/australian-heritage-database or call us on (02) 6274 1111.

Date updated
21/01/2016 18:03:19