Victorian Heritage Register

For a place or object to be included in the Victorian Heritage Register it must meet at least one of the Heritage Council of Victoria's Criteria for Assessment.

Use the Criteria and Threshold Guidelinesto help you apply the criteria to your application.

7 August 2008: Criteria adopted by the Heritage Council pursuant to Sections 8(1)(c) and 8(2) of the Heritage Act 1995:

Criterion A

Importance to the course, or pattern, of Victoria's cultural history.

Criterion B

Possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Victoria's cultural history.

Criterion C

Potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Victoria's cultural history.

Criterion D

Importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural places and objects.

Criterion E

Importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics.

Criterion F

Importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period.

Criterion G

Strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons. This includes the significance of a place to Indigenous peoples as part of their continuing and developing cultural traditions.

Criterion H

Special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Victoria's history.


6 December 2012: this guide, outlining the key considerations in determining whether a place or object is of state level cultural heritage significance and could be included in the Victorian Heritage Register, was adopted by the Executive Director Heritage Victoria and the Heritage Council of Victoria.

5 June 2014: guide updated:

Page last updated: 14/11/19