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Topics > Heritage > Conserving our heritage

Protection and legislation

DEW and the South Australian Heritage Council are responsible for protecting built, maritime and intangible heritage, non-Aboriginal cultural heritage of significance to South Australia, under relevant heritage protection laws.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Division in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet manage Aboriginal heritage under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988.

The different levels of heritage-listing and heritage protection in South Australia are listed below:

Heritage classHeritage conservation law
State Heritage Places and related ObjectsHeritage Places Act 1993; Planning and Design Code; Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016
State Heritage AreasHeritage Places Act 1993; Planning and Design Code; Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016
Aboriginal heritage sitesAboriginal Heritage Act 1988
World heritage sitesUNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Commonwealth heritage placesEnvironment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
National heritage placesEnvironment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Local heritage placesPlanning and Design Code; Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016

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