The National Trust commenced a list of places of cultural heritage significance in Queensland in the 1960s.
This was formalised into the National Trust Register which contains individual buildings, precincts, natural environment places and culturally significant artefacts.
At a time when no statutory list could provide protection for heritage places, having the Register of the National Trust strengthened the resolve to many in Queensland who wished to retain what was under threat of demolition.
Statutory registers such as the Queensland Heritage Register were introduced in the 1990s. Since that time fewer places have been added to the National Trust Register. It has become a historic register important for its role in the history of heritage in Queensland and as an identifier of places.
Being entered in the NTA(Q) Register does not attract any legal protection for a place. National Trust listings have moral and advocacy value as recognised places of heritage significance.