A CMP identifies:

  • the heritage values or significance of a place
  • the conservation policies to be applied to protect that significance in the face of change
  • a strategy by which the policies will be put into action.

How can I create a CMP?

A CMP enables owners, property managers and approval authorities to make sound decisions about heritage places.

Conservation Management Plans: Managing Heritage Places (2010) (PDF, 358.2 KB) will help you create and use a CMP. It is for owners and managers of private and public heritage places.

It explains:

  • the purpose, scope and content of a CMP
  • how to commission and use a CMP
  • what makes a good CMP.


Cultural heritage legislation is available on our Legislation page


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999


Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006
Heritage Act 1995
Planning & Environment Act 1987

The Burra Charter the Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance, Australia ICOMOS, 1999

Guidelines to the Burra Charter: Cultural significance (1988),
Conservation Policy (1988),
Procedures for undertaking studies and reports (1988)

The Illustrated Burra Charter: Good Practice for Heritage Places, Australia ICOMOS, 2004.
A casebook of examples that illustrate how the principles and processes in the Burra Charter can be applied to real places.

Available from Australia ICOMOS

The Conservation Plan: a guide to the preparation of conservation plans for places of European cultural significance, James Semple Kerr, National Trust (NSW), 6th edition, 2004.

What is social value? A discussion paper Chris Johnston, Australian Heritage Commission, 1992.

We have a wealth of technical guides, notes and leaflets on specific conservation issues on the Technical guidance page.

Specific to CMPs are:

Australian Natural Heritage Charter Australian Heritage Commission in association with ACIUCN, 2002 and Protecting Natural Heritage: using the Australian Natural Heritage Charter Australian Heritage Commission, 2003. The charter and guide are sister documents to the Burra Charter, offering principles, guidelines and steps to take in assessing and protecting natural heritage values.

Ask First: A guide to respecting Indigenous heritage places and values Australian Heritage Commission, 2002. A step by step guide for identifying and managing Indigenous heritage places. It includes specific principles and strongly recognises the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples in relation to their heritage.

Information sheet: Cultural Heritage Management Plans and Planning Office of Aboriginal Affairs

General conditions of contract for engagement of consultants Australian Standard AS4122-2000. This standard offers general conditions for the engagement of engineers, architects and similar consultants. The Standard sets out the general obligations governing the relationship between these consultants and their clients.

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