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Queensland Heritage Register

The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places of cultural heritage significance to Queensland to be protected for present and future generations. There are three categories of Queensland Heritage Place in the register.

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State Heritage Place

A State Heritage Place must satisfy one or more of the following eight criteria specified in the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 (PDF)*:

  • the place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history
  • the place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland’s cultural heritage
  • the place has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Queensland’s history
  • the place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places
  • the place is important because of its aesthetic significance
  • the place is important in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period
  • the place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
  • the place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland’s history.

For more information refer to Fact Sheet: The Queensland Heritage Register (PDF, 82K)* and Assessing cultural heritage significance (PDF)* 

Archaeological Place

An Archaeological Place must have potential to contain an archaeological artefact that is an important source of information about Queensland’s history. A place entered as an Archaeological Place cannot also be entered as a State Heritage Place.

Places assessed against the archaeological entry criteria must:

  • contain or have potential to contain archaeological artefacts
  • have potential for future research which would reveal important information about certain aspects of Queensland’s history
  • benefit from the careful management of their values through the employment of archaeological techniques, especially if the place was to be developed.

For more information refer to Guideline: Archaeological investigations. (under review)

Protected Area

A Protected Area may be declared around a place of cultural heritage significance. These declarations provide the strongest possible protection under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 (PDF)* and are used when places warrant protection which restricts and regulates access to the heritage place. Permits are issued by the department to enter Protected Areas with unauthorised access or unauthorised interference (i.e. damage, destruction or excavation) to a Protected Area incurring severe penalties under the Act.

Additional information

For information or advice on the Queensland Heritage Register contact the department on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) and ask to speak to the Heritage Branch or email

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Last updated
9 May 2014