Heritage Council of Western Australia and the State Heritage Office
The Heritage Council of Western Australia provides legal protection to places that have been assessed as being important to the State of Western Australia. The Heritage Council which is supported by the State Heritage Office does this by maintaining the State Register of Heritage Places established under the Heritage of Western Australia Act 1990. The register includes buildings, structures, gardens, cemeteries, landscapes, archaeological sites and more. If a place is included in the State Register of Heritage Places, any changes or works that may affect the significance of that place are required to be referred to the Heritage Council for advice.
The State Heritage Office administers Inherit, an online database of places which have been identified at a local and state level for their heritage significance. Other information including whether a place has been Classified by the National Trust is also available.
Local governments are required to maintain a Municipal Heritage Inventory (MHI); this register identifies places of heritage significance within their local government boundary. Places added to the MHI are normally assigned a level or category of significance with those places at a higher level being subject to planning controls regarding development including demolition. For further information regarding the Municipal Heritage Inventory and development controls; please contact your relevant local government authority directly.
Department of Indigenous Affairs
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs administers the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972. This Act automatically applies to places and objects which are important to Aboriginal culture in Western Australia. The department also maintains the Register of Aboriginal Sites. The Act makes it an offence to damage an Aboriginal place or object without approval whether it is on the register or not.
Department of Environment Regulation
The Department of Environment Regulation is responsible for the protection of Western Australia’s natural environment, in particular, ‘works approvals and licensing, compliance and response, enforcement and other major environmental initiatives’.
Department of Parks and Wildlife
The Department of Parks and Wildlife protects and conserves the State’s natural environment and is responsible for managing the State’s national parks, marine parks, conservation parks, and State Forests.