Better protection for Canberra's heritage places

A heritage building. More flexible ways are being introduced to deal with damage to heritage places and objects in Canberra.

A more flexible and responsive system is being introduced to deal with damage to Canberra's heritage places and objects, including immediate fines and directions to repair the damage.

Canberra's Heritage Council will be able to issue ‘repair damage’ directions for people to repair damage, including people who own, look after, or do work that damages a heritage place or object.

The Heritage Council will have authority to make decisions about potential threats and may include orders to:

  • carry out essential maintenance on a place
  • avoid adverse effects on a significant feature of a heritage place
  • not undertake a development affecting the heritage significance of a place.

See more about the proposed changes and how heritage is protected in the ACT at