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.