Heritage Act 2017

1 November 2017: Heritage Act 2017 commenced operation. Read an overview of the changes to the Act (PDF, 186.9 KB)

Information Sessions: Heritage Act 2017 and Living Heritage Grants - October 2017

The Heritage Act 2017 commenced operation on 1 November 2017 and introduced a streamlined processes and enforcement tools to ensure Victoria’s significant heritage places and objects are appropriately protected into the future.

Information session were run to assist stakeholders and members of the public to understand what changes are being introduced through the Heritage Act 2017 and what opportunities there are  to apply for future heritage grant funding.

Presenters included representatives from both Heritage Victoria and the Heritage Council of Victoria.

View the presentation documents:

Background: Heritage Bill 2016

8 November 2016: the Heritage Bill 2016 was introduced to the Legislative Assembly of the Victorian Parliament.

24 November 2016: the Bill was debated and passed in the Legislative Assembly.

9 March 2017: the Bill was passed by the Legislative Council without amendment.

15 March 2017: Bill received Royal Assent.

1 November: Heritage Act 2017 commenced

Submission review

All submissions were reviewed and guided the development of the Heritage Bill 2016.

Public consultation

June - August 2015: the public was invited to respond to the Discussion Paper. More than 120 submissions and responses to an online survey were received, see Submissions below.

The Summary Report (PDF, 3.6 MB) provides an overview of all submissions.

Discussion Paper

22 June 2015: a Discussion Paper was released reviewing the Heritage Act 1995.