How we assess State Heritage

To conserve our built heritage, the South Australian Heritage Register documents places of state significance (state heritage places) that are covered by the Heritage Places Act 1993 (the Act). It also records places of other levels of significance which are protected under other legislation.

To become state heritage listed, a place should:

  • demonstrate important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the state's history
  • have rare, uncommon or endangered qualities that are of cultural significance
  • yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the state's history, including its natural history
  • be an outstanding representative of a particular class of places of cultural significance
  • demonstrate a high degree of creative, aesthetic or technical accomplishment or is an outstanding representative of particular construction techniques or design characteristics
  • have strong cultural or spiritual associations for the community or a group within it
  • have a special association with the life or work of a person or organisation or an event of historical importance.

An object related to a state heritage place can also be entered in the Register if it has 'heritage significance', ie it is:

  • an artefact (including an archaeological artefact) that satisfies one or more of the above criteria
  • a geological specimen, a fossil or part of a natural cave formation that satisfies one or more of the above criteria
  • intrinsically related to the heritage significance of a state heritage place or area.

The object does not have to be located at the state heritage place it relates to.