About the Heritage Council of Victoria
The Heritage Council of Victoria provides the highest level of legal protection for cultural heritage places and objects in Victoria.
The Heritage Council of Victoria is an independent statutory authority and Victoria’s main decision-making body on (non-Indigenous) cultural heritage issues.
Ten members are appointed by the Governor-in-Council on the recommendation of the Minister for Planning.
The Heritage Council of Victoria receives professional advice and administrative support from Heritage Victoria, and both organisations work together on a range of committees.
Heritage Council of Victoria:
- is the primary source of advice to the Minister for Planning on heritage issues
- decides which places and objects are added to the Victorian Heritage Register, and operates in accordance with the Victorian Heritage Act.
- hears appeals on permit applications determined by Heritage Victoria
- promotes public understanding of Victoria’s cultural heritage and conducts community education and information programs.