If a place or object of state-level significance isn’t listed on the Heritage Register - or if a decision to add it is still pending – and it’s under immediate or imminent threat, an Interim Protection Order (IPO) can be made under the Heritage Act 2017 to protect it.

IPOs can be made by the Heritage Council of Victoria or by the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria.

For the period of the order, the place or object is treated as though it’s included in the Heritage Register. It will receive protection under the Act while it’s being assessed for consideration by the Heritage Council of Victoria.


1 July 2012: the Executive Director of Heritage Victoria adopted a policy that adds clarity to the IPO assessment process. It’s intended to help owners, managers, permit applicants, local councils and other participants in the planning and heritage systems.

The guide outlines what matters the Executive Director or the Heritage Council may take into account in considering whether or not to make an Interim Protection Order (IPO) over a place or object. The guide was updated to reflect changes following the introduction of the Heritage Act 2017.

Guidelines for interim protection orders (IPOs) under the Heritage Act 2017   (PDF, 213.1 KB) or (DOC, 1.8 MB)

IPO Requests

In order to submit a request for an Interim Protection Order under s.143 of the Heritage Act 2017, complete the IPO request form (DOCX, 393.7 KB) and email the form to heritage.registrations@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 30/04/20