Anyone can nominate a place, area or object in South Australia to be considered for State heritage listing. In order to determine if a place or object has State heritage significance, it will be assessed against certain criteria by the South Australian Heritage Council.
The South Australian Heritage Council, supported by DEW, is responsible for the assessment and listing of State Heritage Places, while local government manages Local heritage registers. Local and State Heritage Places are recorded in the South Australian Heritage Register.
If the South Australian Heritage Council determine that a nomination meets one or more of the 7 criteria under Section 16 of the Heritage Places Act 1993, they will Provisionally enter the place on the South Australian Heritage Register.
A provisional entry is an interim listing, however the place is protected while it is classed as a provisionally entered place.
The Provisional Entry of a State Heritage Place triggers a 3 month public consultation process.
During the 3 month public consultation, anyone can write to the Heritage Council in support or against the heritage listing.
During this provisional entry period, the Minister has power to direct the SA Heritage Council to remove a provisional entry if the Minister believes it is contrary to the public interest. These powers are set out under Section 18 of the Heritage Places Act.
Following the 3 month public consultation period (and subject to any direction from the Minister), the SA Heritage Council will meet to consider the written (and any oral) submissions. Following this consideration, the Council will determine whether to Confirm the entry in the SA Heritage Register or Remove the entry from the SA Heritage Register.
The Commonwealth Department of the Environment has produced a guide outlining the different thresholds for heritage listing in Australia. You can read it here.