Criteria for assessing cultural heritage significance

For a place or object to be included in the Victorian Heritage Register it must meet at least one of the Heritage Council of Victoria's Criteria for Assessment (PDF 101 KB).

For guidance in applying these criteria refer to The Victorian Heritage Register Criteria and Threshold Guidelines (DOCX 1.4 MB)

These criteria were adopted by the Heritage Council on 7 August 2008 pursuant to Sections 8(1)(c) and 8(2) of the Heritage Act 1995.

Criterion A

Importance to the course, or pattern, of Victoria’s cultural history.

Criterion B

Possession of uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of Victoria’s cultural history.

Criterion C

Potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of Victoria’s cultural history.

Criterion D

Importance in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a class of cultural places and objects.

Criterion E

Importance in exhibiting particular aesthetic characteristics.

Criterion F

Importance in demonstrating a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular period.

Criterion G

Strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons. This includes the significance of a place to Indigenous peoples as part of their continuing and developing cultural traditions.

Criterion H

Special association with the life or works of a person, or group of persons, of importance in Victoria’s history.