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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 class Heritage conservation law
State heritage places and related objects Heritage Places Act 1993
State heritage areas Heritage Places Act 1993
Aboriginal heritage sites Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988
World heritage sites UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Commonwealth heritage places Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
National heritage places Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Local heritage places Development Act 1993

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