Conservation Management Plans resources

Cultural heritage legislation
Burra Charter and guidelines
Technical guides, notes and leaflets
Framework of historical themes
Places with natural and Indigenous heritage values
Finding heritage consultants
Managing contracts

Cultural heritage legislation

Cultural heritage legislation is available on our Policy and legislation webpage, including;


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999


Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006
Heritage Act 1995
Planning & Environment Act 1987

Burra Charter and guidelines

The Burra Charter: the Australia ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance, Australia ICOMOS, 1999

Guidelines to the Burra Charter: Cultural significance (1988),
Conservation Policy (1988),
Procedures for undertaking studies and reports (1988)

The Illustrated Burra Charter: Good Practice for Heritage Places, Australia ICOMOS, 2004.
A casebook of examples that illustrate how the principles and processes in the Burra Charter can be applied to real places.

Available from Australia ICOMOS.

The Conservation Plan: a guide to the preparation of conservation plans for places of European cultural significance, James Semple Kerr, National Trust (NSW), 6th edition, 2004.

What is social value? A discussion paper, Chris Johnston, Australian Heritage Commission, 1992.

Technical guides, notes and leaflets

We have a wealth of technical guides, notes and leaflets on specific conservation issues on the Technical information webpage

Specific to CMPs are:

Preparing a maintenance plan (PDF 113 KB)

Inspection schedule (PDF 58 KB)
Heritage Impact Statements – guidelines (Word 110 KB)
Victorian Government Cultural Heritage Asset Management Principles (PDF 58 KB)

Criteria for assessing cultural heritage significance

Working together: Managing national heritage places, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008

Guide to heritage bridge management, Austroads Inc.,2001

Conservation of Bridges, Graham Tilly, Spon Press, London, 2002.

Framework of historical themes

Framework of historical themes (PDF 1.3 MB) Heritage Council of Victoria, February 2010

Places with natural and Indigenous heritage values

Australian Natural Heritage Charter, Australian Heritage Commission in association with ACIUCN, 2002 and Protecting Natural Heritage: using the Australian Natural Heritage Charter, Australian Heritage Commission, 2003. The charter and guide are sister documents to the Burra Charter, offering principles, guidelines and steps to take in assessing and protecting natural heritage values.

Ask First: A guide to respecting Indigenous heritage places and values, Australian Heritage Commission, 2002. A step by step guide for identifying and managing Indigenous heritage places. It includes specific principles and strongly recognises the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples in relation to their heritage.

Information sheet: Cultural Heritage Management Plans and Planning Office of Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.

Finding heritage consultants

Consultants and contractors directory, Heritage Victoria.

Managing contracts

General conditions of contract for engagement of consultants, Australian Standard AS4122-2000. This standard offers general conditions for the engagement of engineers, architects and similar consultants. The Standard sets out the general obligations governing the relationship between these consultants and their clients.