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How we assess State Heritage

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.