The National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards is an annual celebration of outstanding practice in the field of heritage.

Projects are entered by organisations, individuals and community groups that demonstrate excellence in conservation, advocacy, education, interpretation and communication – including a specific category for projects that promote greater conservation, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal heritage. In its 27th year, the National Trust Heritage Awards is a signature event of the Australian Heritage Festival and proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW.

The shortlisted projects have been revealed

Following an extremely challenging judging day due to the high calibre of entries, please click here to view the shortlisted projects.

Where the winners will be announced

The National Trust Heritage Awards will be presented on Thursday 13 May 2021 at the heritage-listed Doltone House in Pyrmont. The luncheon is a highly anticipated event and a great opportunity to reconnect with heritage specialists across all sectors. The National Trust is committed to ensuring the awards ceremony is a COVIDSafe event and will manage attendee numbers and safety practices on site accordingly. In the event that plans change in the interests of public health and safety, a virtual ceremony will be organised.



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What can be entered?

Projects and initiatives of large and small scale have won National Trust Heritage Awards. Community projects involving three people, and multimillion dollar adaptive reuse projects have got the gong in years gone by.
The National Trust’s independent Judging Committee, chaired this year by Matthew Devine considered all projects on merit.
Some entries in previous years have included:
  • Advocacy campaigns to save theatres and parks.
  • Extensive transformations or restorations of historic buildings.
  • Events and exhibitions at major galleries and in libraries.
  • Public art installations that tell the story of heritage in place.

What are the categories?

There are ten categories and three individual awards for 2021. They are as follows:
  • Aboriginal Heritage
  • Adaptive Re-use
  • Advocacy
  • Conservation: Built Heritage
  • Conservation: Interiors & Objects
  • Conservation: Landscape
  • Continuing Tradition
  • Education & Interpretation
  • Heritage Events, Exhibitions & Tours
  • Heritage Resources & Publications
  • Individual: Heritage Skills Award
  • Individual: Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Judges’ Choice Award
The Judges’ Choice Award is considered across the ten category winners at the discretion of the Judging Committee.


Click here to view the 2020 award winners or to watch the virtual ceremony.

Who can you contact with questions?

If you have any questions about the awards please contact the National Trust (NSW)’s Marketing & Events Coordinator, Jilly Clark.

Key Dates

Due to the high volume of entries for the National Trust Heritage Awards, and to ensure fairness for all, we cannot be flexible about the deadline dates. They are as follows:
  • Entries open: Friday 5 February
  • Entries Close: Tuesday 6 April, 6pm
  • Judging Day: Thursday 15 April
  • Shortlist Announced & ceremony tickets released: Tuesday 20 April
  • National Trust Heritage Awards Ceremony: Thursday 13 May 2021

Thank you to our supporters

The National Trust Heritage Awards are proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW.