The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has been lobbying for the preservation of Victoria's heritage since 1956, and advocacy remains at the heart of all that we do. As the largest community-based heritage organisation in Victoria, the National Trust is the lead voice campaigning to protect our irreplaceable heritage.

Our campaigns are guided by a network of advisory committees comprised of leading experts who provide advice on heritage issues and input on submissions advocating for the recognition, protection and celebration of heritage across Victoria, including Aboriginal cultural heritage, buildings, trees, industrial sites, cultural and natural landscapes, public art, and pipe organs.

We advocate for heritage places to be recognised on the Victorian Heritage Register and in local planning schemes, and defend heritage places at Planning Panels and VCAT. We support councils to recognise, celebrate and protect local heritage, and work with our partners and community groups to build capacity for heritage advocacy across Victoria.

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2022 Parliamentary Inquiry into heritage protections

Find out more about the Legislative Council's Parliamentary Inquiry into the adequacy of the Planning and Environment Act 1987, and the National Trust's response.

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Visit the Trust Advocate blog for the latest news on heritage issues across Victoria

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From Bendigo to Beaumaris, Melbourne's Marvellous Modernism is under threat. The National Trust is leading the fight to protect our gems of mid-century modernism.

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Federation Square

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Significant Trees

Significant trees grow between skyscrapers, in parks and gardens, along streets and highways, and in the bush. With our expert Significant Tree Committee, we campaign for their recognition, maintenance and protection.

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Significant Landscapes

The National Trust advocates for the protection of significant landscapes. Our work includes raising community awareness through events and news, as well as leading environmental campaigns that seek to protect landscapes threatened by development.

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Our Pubs

Since the unlawful demolition of the Corkman Irish Pub in 2016, the need to protect our historic pubs from inappropriate development has never been more urgent.

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Melbourne's Marvellous Modernism

In 2014, we published "Melbourne’s Marvellous Modernism: A Comparative Analysis of Post-War Modern Architecture in Melbourne’s CBD 1955 -1975." This comprehensive survey informs our advocacy for post-war heritage in the heart of Melbourne.

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W Class Trams

A better future for W Class Trams? The National Trust supports the maintenance, restoration and use of Melbourne's W Class Tram fleet. Our heritage trams are iconic, and deserve to be conserved and celebrated.

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Demolition By Neglect

Demolition by Neglect is an ongoing campaign against heritage destruction as a result of poor management by owners. Read more to find out about the National Trust's research on this issue.

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Planning Scheme Amendments

The National Trust prepares submissions and appears at planning panels in support of planning scheme amendments to apply heritage or landscape controls to significant places. Some of the amendments we have supported in the past are documented on our blog.

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Advocacy Toolkit

A free online resource created by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to support individuals and communities to advocate for the protection of places of cultural heritage significance.

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