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Fees

The Heritage Regulations 2017 and Heritage (Underwater Cultural Heritage) Regulations 2017 prescribe the fees to be paid for:

  • Heritage certificates
  • Underwater cultural heritage permit applications
  • Heritage permit applications
  • Archaeological consent applications
  • Reviews of decisions

The regulations also empower the Heritage Council of Victoria to waive application fees in some circumstances.

Fee units

The Heritage Regulations 2017 and Heritage (Underwater Cultural Heritage) Regulations set fees in fee units. A fee unit value is adjusted each year by the Treasurer’s amount and is published in the Government Gazette. In 2021-22 one fee unit is $15.03.

In the tables below, the fee units have been converted to a dollar value on the basis of the value of a fee unit as it is set for the 2021-22 financial year.

List of fees

Penalties and infringement notices

If a person or organization fails to comply with the Heritage Act 2017, or conditions of an approval, they may be liable for penalties.

Types of penalties

There are different types of penalties that can be applied depending on the breach that has occurred. For example:

  • An authorised officer can issue an infringement notice
  • An enforcement order can be sought from the Minister
  • Prosecution may be pursued in the Magistrates’ Court
  • Prosecution may be pursued in the High Court
  • The Governor in Council may apply a 10 year stay on development of the place

As well as monetary penalties, some Heritage Act offences are indictable offences. These are serious offences where the accused may be sentenced to a period of imprisonment.

Penalty units

The Heritage Regulations 2017 and Heritage (Underwater Cultural Heritage) Regulations set penalties in penalty units. A penalty unit value is adjusted each year by the Treasurer’s amount and is published in the Government Gazette. In 2021-22 one penalty unit is $181.74.

In the tables below, the penalty units have been converted to a dollar value on the basis of the value of a penalty unit as it is set for the 2021-22 financial year.

List of penalties

Page last updated: 01/07/21