How we assess State Heritage

To conserve our cultural heritage, the South Australian Heritage Register (the Register) documents places of State significance (State Heritage Places) that are protected 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 listed as a State Heritage Place, a place should fulfil one or more of the following criteria under section 16(1) of the Act:

(a) it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history; or

(b) it has rare, uncommon or endangered qualities that are of cultural significance; or

(c) it may yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the State's history, including its natural history; or

(d) it is an outstanding representative of a particular class of places of cultural significance; or

(e) it demonstrates a high degree of creative, aesthetic or technical accomplishment or is an outstanding representative of particular construction techniques or design characteristics; or

(f) it has strong cultural or spiritual associations for the community or a group within it; or

(g) it has a special association with the life or work of a person or organisation or an event of historical importance. 

A State Heritage Place can also be designated as a place of archaeological, geological, palaeontological or speleological significance under section 14(7) of the Act.

An object of heritage significance related to a State Heritage Place can also be entered in the Register if:

(a) it is an archaeological artefact, or any other form of artefact that satisfies 1 or more of the criteria set out in subsection (1) or

(b) it is a geological, palaeontological or speleological specimen that satisfies 1 or more of the criteria set out in subsection (1); or

(c) it is an object that is intrinsically related to the heritage significance of a State Heritage Place or a State Heritage Area.