Australia has a rich natural and cultural heritage that underpins our sense of place and national identity and makes a positive contribution to the nation’s wellbeing. Australians value our heritage and have a strong desire to see Australia’s significant heritage places recognised and protected.
The 2015 Australian Heritage Strategy:
- recognises that heritage is diverse and encompasses natural, historic and Indigenous values
- considers ways in which Australia’s heritage places can be better identified and managed to ensure their long-term protection
- explores new opportunities to support and fund heritage places
- considers how the community enjoys, commemorates and celebrates these special places and the stories that underpin them
- highlights how heritage can lead to increased tourism and economic returns to place managers or owners and their communities
- makes clear that heritage identification, protection and management is a shared responsibility with state and local governments, businesses and communities
- is to be reviewed after five years by the Australian Government, with periodic monitoring, evaluation and revision of objectives and actions as required.