Important Changes to Victoria's Heritage Act Now in Effect

The Heritage Act 2017 came into effect on 1 November 2017. The updated Act is a result of two years of consultation and the passing of amendments to the Heritage Act 1995 through Victorian Parliament.

The Heritage Act is an important piece of legislation for the identification, protection and management of heritage in Victoria. It applies to heritage places and objects of State significance, historical archaeological sites and maritime heritage.

The amended Act is intended to improve processes and protections provided to heritage.

Key changes include:


  • Simplification of important statutory processes to provide more clarity and certainty

  • Including sites aged 75 years or more on the Heritage Inventory rather than those 50 years or older

  • New rights of review for consents issued to archaeological sites

  • Changes to penalties including significant increases in maximum penalties for unauthorised works

  • Updated fee structure for heritage approvals and appeals

  • New compliance and enforcement tools that include stop orders, rectifications orders, and a liability offence to reduce the likelihood of works being undertaken without a permit

  • A greater role of local government in permit processes to allow for local heritage concerns.

Are you up-to-date with the changes?

We encourage all clients to stay abreast of these important changes and to understand the implications for their projects. There is much more detail to the amendments then what can be outlined here.


Ecology and Heritage Partners is offering free training sessions on changes to the Victoria's Heritage Act.

  • Understand the important and significant changes
  • Stay abreast of the implications for your projects and industry

  • Learn how to minimise risks, delays and unexpected costs

  • Have your questions answered
  • Each session tailored to your business and industry.

We will either come to your office or you may come to ours.

To indicate your interest:

Call 1300 839 325

Relevant Link

DWELP Heritage Act Fact Sheet

Further information

Contact our Heritage Team on 1300 839 325 for more information about the Heritage Act 2017, or to discuss how your projects may be affected.

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More Information

DWELP Heritage Act Fact Sheet

Please feel free to contact us on 1300 839 325 for more information about the Act, or to discuss how your projects may be affected.

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