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About us

South Australia has a rich heritage of cultural and maritime history. Our role is to help protect, preserve and promote it. We want the people of South Australia to look after, engage with and benefit from our significant places and shipwrecks.

Heritage South Australia in the Department for Environment and Water and the South Australian Heritage Council are responsible for administering heritage legislation, providing advice, ensuring good information is available to customers, and promoting an understanding and appreciation of our State's heritage. A key part of our role is providing advice to the Minister responsible for the Heritage Places Act 1993.

We are responsible for the protection of non-Aboriginal cultural heritage of State significance, with a focus on built and maritime heritage within the context of relevant legislation - Heritage Places Act 1993, Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016, Historic Shipwrecks Act 1981 (State) and Underwater Cultural Heritage Act 2018 (Commonwealth).