The National Trust Heritage Register is the most comprehensive single heritage register in Victoria, covering all types of cultural and natural heritage, including buildings, trees, landscapes, gardens, public art and pipe organs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What form of protection does a National Trust listing provide?
The National Trust is a community-based, non-government organisation, and as such it has no statutory power. However, if a place becomes threatened, the Trust may campaign and advocate for its protection. Specific campaigns are conducted to save threatened places, to stimulate debate and to raise the level of public and government awareness of the need to conserve our heritage. If a National Trust classified place is under threat, please contact us. We will also advise you to take action, particularly with the local council.
In Victoria, there are a number of other heritage registers, including the Victorian Heritage Register and local Heritage Overlays. For more information about different kinds of heritage listing, click here.
Where can I get advice and support on caring for my heritage property, tree or garden?
The National Trust’s Victorian Heritage Services Directory has been created to assist the owners and managers of heritage places and objects to search for qualified heritage consultants and contractors across a range of disciplines.
Some local councils offer grants or loan schemes to support the conservation of heritage places, including a number of funds administered through Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund.
What type of information does the National Trust retain on classified places?
Each classified place has an archival file that contains historical material, media articles, photos and sometimes plans. The information held on file will vary and copyright and privacy regulations apply. Please note that the National Trust is a private organization and retains the right to withhold any confidential material.
How do I nominate a place for the National Trust Heritage Register?
If you wish to nominate a place to our Heritage Register, please contact one of our Community Advocates on 03 9656 9818 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What do the different classification levels mean?
- International: A place or object that is important in the International context.
- National: A place or object that is important in the context of Australia.
- State: A place or object that is important in the context of Victoria.
- Regional: A place not of State level significance, but more than Local, or relates to a specific region of Victoria, eg. The Western District.
- Local: A place or object that is important in the context of its local area.
- File Only: This means we retain a file on the place, but it is not officially classified. It may be classified in future, or it may remain as a record only.
- Demolished: The place has been either totally or substantially destroyed however a file is still retained.
How can I access further information on a classified place or object?
You can access the archival file by arranging an appointment with one of our Community Advocates on 03 9656 9818 or at email@example.com. There is a cost for all file searches, the total of which will be dependent on the nature of the research being undertaken (commercial, government, private, student). If you or your organization is a National Trust Member you can view files free of charge. You can find out more about the benefits of becoming a member on the membership page.