ACT Heritage

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

ACT Heritage provides administrative support to the ACT Heritage Council and advice to the Minister for Planning about the range of heritage matters for which they are responsible. They administer the heritage Grants program and manage the annual Canberra and Region Heritage Festival.

ACT Heritage also provides advice and assistance to heritage property owners and other members of the community about all aspects of heritage in the ACT, including

  • nominations for the ACT Heritage Register
  • the heritage registration process
  • the effects of heritage listing, and 
  • conservation and architectural advice in relation to proposed works and development.

Archives ACT

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Archives ACT provides access to ACT Government records older than 20 years. Archives ACT; through accessing the individual agency archive repositories brings together archives on requested topics in the Archives Reading Room for researchers. Where practicable copies of archives can be made for a fee.

Canberra Tracks

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Canberra Tracks is a network of six self-drive routes that pass many of Canberra’s historic sites, immersing you in the rich tapestry of Canberra’s early beginnings as you connect with the lives of early inhabitants.

Development applications and heritage approvals

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Development that has the potential to affect the heritage values of a place may include works such as demolition, building, changing appearance of a building, earthworks, removal of mature plantings, re-landscaping, unapproved burning or land clearing; a variation of a lease on the land; a change in use of the land for an activity not authorised by the lease; or use of unleased land that is not authorised by a permit or licence. The Planning and Land Authority works with the Heritage Council to ensure that potential effects on heritage values are taken into account and managed appropriately.

Heritage map

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

ACTmapi contains Heritage data from the ACT Heritage Register, displayed by registration status over cadastral information. Users are able to search for ACT Heritage areas by a number of methods such as Heritage Site name and by Division or District.

National Archives of Australia

Federal Government

The National Archives hold important Commonwealth Government documents and records and make them available for present and future generations to use. Holdings include files, photographs, posters, maps architectural drawings, films, playscripts, musical scores and sound recordings.

Memorials and fountains

ACT Government, Federal Government & non-government

There are many fountains and memorials in the ACT, managed by a variety of ACT Government agencies, Federal Government departments and private operators. These include the Bushfire memorial, Air Disaster Memorial, Captain Cook Memorial Jet, War Memorials, the Woden Flood Memorial, National Police Memorial, National Emergency Services Memorial and more.

National Film and Sound Archive

Federal Government

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is the nation's living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage. The collection includes films, television and radio programs, videos, audio tapes, records, compact discs, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings. It also encompasses documents and artefacts such as photographs, posters, lobby cards, publicity items, scripts, costumes, props, memorabilia, oral histories, and vintage equipment.

Ngunnawal country

National Capital Authority

Canberra is Ngunnawal country. The Ngunnawal are the Indigenous people of this region and its first inhabitants. Learn more about the Ngunnawal people here.

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